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    Wood Duck Nest Box Project

    It all started last September, when we were visited by a small and very tame female wood duck. She ate from our hands and even followed us into our house. This was all on the first day of her visit, and we had no idea what kind of duck she was yet. But, she acted like a pet duck.

    Then I got curious and confirmed online that she was a wood duck. Problem was, she showed no ability to fly more than about 30ft. Maybe she was hatched late and doesn't have the strength to fly south for the winter. She seemed content to sleep in our small chicken coop all by herself that first night.

    The next day we let her out and she followed us around the yard like a puppy. We walked 300 yards to our creek, and she swam around and flew another 30ft or so, just above the water. We walked back to the house and left her alone for over 2 hours. So I walked down to the creek to check on her and she was still there. I turned around and walked back toward the house. I walked about 50 yards, then stopped to look behind me. She was following about 10 yards behind me, and followed me all the way back to the house.

    We left her alone and went about our day. We didn't put her up for the 2nd night. She disappeared the second afternoon and then showed up again the third morning. Later the third day she flew toward the south and we never saw her again.

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    I dont hunt birds of any kind, so I put this in the Pet section. It was nice to see her around the yard for those 3 days. I'm hoping the pics are upright...

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    Fast forward to March this year. I built a nest box and placed it at the edge of my creek.

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    Last edited by ballistics04; 03-29-2020 at 05:09 PM.
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    Today I checked the SD card in the trail camera that I have watching over the nest box. It appears there are two ducks using the nest box now.

    This pic shows a duck in the water at the bottom of the screenshot and another duck entering the nest box
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    This pic shows another duck entering the nest box on a different day
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    This is another pic on a different day again. Each duck can lay one egg a day, and more than one duck will use the same nest box
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    Last edited by ballistics04; 04-04-2020 at 09:49 PM.
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    Very cool! Looks like the ducks like the free hotel room!
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    Thanks! We were hoping that our duck visitor from last September would return this spring to raise a family. It'll be fun to watch them this summer. I'll keep updating this thread every week.

    Can you open or see the pics in the 2nd post? I don't know why they loaded as "attachments" rather than pictures. I always attach pics the same way, been the same way since 2012.
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    I fixed the pics in the second post. Not sure how. All I did was delete them and re-attach them the same way I've always done.
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    Awesome story and nice job on the box. Looking forward to the weekly updates. Nice pics too!
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    Awesome and great pics. Nice work ballistics !!

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    They sure are a pretty duck aren't they

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    They are pretty ducks for sure, and thanks for the kind words everyone! It's my first nest box, and it's been a fun learning experience.
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