Bird Droppings: Wood Duck

Lord Love a Duck

I enjoy a good duck but not on a plate. Unless that is where he chooses to hang out ALIVE! The prettiest of the duck family in my opinion is the wood duck. Wood ducks can be found all over the U.S. and western Mexico and if you live in a place that has them you know how cool they look. In fact, having such pretty feathers almost caused them to go extinct when idiots thought it was a good idea to use their feathers for women’s hats. Thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and conservationists building bird boxes for them to nest, they have made a big comeback.

That’s all I got for now. Hope you are enjoying the end of your weekend and can get outside and see some pretty birds.



  1. Wood ducks are lovely.  We don’t have any here, but my favorite bird in the duck family are the Hooded Mergansers.

    • I don’t think I have ever seen one of those, pretty strange looking bird!

      • They swim like they’re in a video game. Zip! Zip! Zip! Right angle turns and crazy speed. They dive for their food so they’re always blooping up and down. 

  2. I saw a few mallards today at the park, but that was it for waterfowl. 

  3. I’ve seen plenty of boxes but never seen an actual Wood Duck nesting there.
    I’m in the middle of rereading Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac and he sings the praises of the Migratory Bird Act, which only would have been about 30 years old when he wrote that book.  It was a pretty remarkable law in terms of what birds are around today.

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