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    ballistics, at your pleasure, if you could provide dimensions. We occasionally have Wood Ducks at a slow-spot/pool on our stream. Beautiful creatures and were blessed with a gaggle of them several years ago.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vooch View Post
    Terrific post and photos Ballistics!
    We started getting wood ducks on the pond each spring, so I built this nest box.
    It's been in place for five years but never been used.
    Enjoy your new tenants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJF22553 View Post
    ballistics, at your pleasure, if you could provide dimensions. We occasionally have Wood Ducks at a slow-spot/pool on our stream. Beautiful creatures and were blessed with a gaggle of them several years ago.

    Thanks!
    I'll send you the dimensions later today when I get home from work.

    I used some scrap 3/4" plywood that I had in my workshop.
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    The link below looks like one of the web sites that I used to build my nest box. I made my bottom or floor piece 10" x 10", then made the 4 sides big enough to fit the bottom. The back piece is about 1.5" longer then the front piece, which creates a little runoff for rain water. The top extends .75" past the front of the box.

    There are several plans online. I like how this one is assembled, but I felt that the inside dimensions should be at least 10" x 10", or slightly bigger.

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    Weekly update with some new pics. Not as much activity as the first week but at least one duck keeps returning to the box every other day. Or it could be two ducks taking turns sitting on the eggs, IF there are any eggs in the box...

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    This pic shows a duck just down stream from the nest box, making her own wake as she swims up stream.
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    This pic shows a bird in flight right near the camera, maybe a wood duck preparing to land in the nest box
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    There were a couple other pics that were taken in the IR mode, but nothing that clearly showed a duck, so I deleted those pics. I'll post another update next weekend.
    Last edited by ballistics04; 04-04-2020 at 07:19 PM.
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    I once rode herd on 12 teenage boys as we built 55 wood duck boxes for the local Ducks Unlimited. The DU told me they'd provide the materials and I signed on.
    Problem was it turned out to be green cottonwood which did not like to be sawn up AT ALL. Got it done eventually though. One BIG pile of nesting boxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olmarlin View Post
    I once rode herd on 12 teenage boys as we built 55 wood duck boxes for the local Ducks Unlimited. The DU told me they'd provide the materials and I signed on.
    Problem was it turned out to be green cottonwood which did not like to be sawn up AT ALL. Got it done eventually though. One BIG pile of nesting boxes.
    Wow, that's a big project! But good for you and the boys to make it happen
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    Nice pic’s, thanks for the update.
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    It is only rarely we see any kind of duck at all, flying by in a pair. Canada Geese and Great Blue Heron, and lately wild Turkeys are abundant, and the Geese and Turkeys will soon be frequenting our pastures. I heard the first turkey calls of the year just yesterday! We love our critters!

    The one encounter several years back with a gaggle of young wood ducks at a slow portion of our stream was wonderful, but unfortunately not a regular occasion. They have some nice lakes/ponds nearby.

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    The wood ducks are an interesting bird. Other than the female that stopped by here last fall, I remember seeing one possible wood duck in my 12 years in this house, but I couldn't identify the duck as it was flying by.

    These ducks at my nest box are never around when I walk down there to change out the camera card. Makes me wonder where they are hanging out all day and all night.
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