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Posted: 6/17/2017 3:00:22 PM EDT
On my new property I have decided to be a little more active in helping out the wood duck population. I have about 45 acres with several wet areas, 1800 feet of river front, a 3 acre pond, and a small creek. Last year we clean up some of the exiting boxes and found them in poor shape. This year we fixed a few and installed 6 new ones, 3 In the pond. We are already on our second hatching already in most of the boxes. Used cedar planks
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Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:06:32 PM EDT
Some of the first nesting
We were worried about these because they got wet but all but 2 hatched.
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Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:18:11 PM EDT
I set up a game camera on one
Original nesters
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Had a visitor
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Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:22:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2017 3:28:31 PM EDT by metalman3006]
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Their eggs hatched and all but 2 were good
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Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:25:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:27:28 PM EDT
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palliated wood peckers
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Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:33:51 PM EDT
And because this is a hunting section, my daughters first wood duck from last year
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Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:36:55 PM EDT
I also put one of my deer feeders in the pond to feed them cracked corn during nesting, they like to sit on top of it.
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Link Posted: 6/17/2017 3:37:04 PM EDT
Awesome!  Love me some woodies.  We need more pictures.
Link Posted: 6/17/2017 4:17:54 PM EDT
that's good work brother, woods are beautiful birds.  glad to see you care about your local population
Link Posted: 6/17/2017 4:31:00 PM EDT
Good job with the woodies and the daughter.Thank you.
Link Posted: 6/17/2017 4:34:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2017 4:41:51 PM EDT by deerranger]
Your great post reminded me of a video I made while maintaining wood duck boxes with my son back in 2009. He is 20 now.
Great job, your boxes look far more refined then mine. We have 24 or 26 on my 70 acres. Thanks for posting!
Wood Ducks, Yearly maintaining wood duck boxes Ducks Unlimited



And part 2,
Wood Duck Boxes part 2 Installing new boxes, Ducks Unlimited
Link Posted: 6/17/2017 5:04:58 PM EDT
Good Job.

Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 6/17/2017 5:18:15 PM EDT
Good for you!!


AND you have a lovely daughter!
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 2:30:05 PM EDT
Wood ducks are the best. We have a local population on some family land. They get hunted every year but they always come back.

Nothing like 20 or 30 of them dive bombing a slough that's 20 feet across.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 4:06:17 PM EDT
Thumbs up on putting houses out and remembering predator guards.  
I counted 22 eggs in that picture; I'm betting some of those are either from a different hen wood duck or a merganser.  Dump nesting/nest poaching is pretty common in wd boxes.  Pretty cool to see a new breeding pair move right in after the first hen hatched out and moved on.
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