We finally have picture proof! We have been seeing tree ducks, Wood Ducks, in our trees for about a year. We have been seeing ducks flying out of our oak trees. We are part way up Majestic Oak Circle and about 1/2 mile from Cottonwood Creek. The female is a dirty looking dark brownish-gray with some black and white. They nest in the hollow knot holes of oak trees about 20 feet up or more. They have small claws on their webbed feet to help them grip the tree better. When they are ready, the young just jump and are cushioned by the grass and leaves below. Then mom leads them on the long journey to Cottonwood Creek. Normal ducks will fly around this area but usually over the tree tops. These ducks suddenly appear to fly out of the tree and usually weave between the branches at a relatively low level.

The images were shot fast and quick and from far away. But there would be no second chance to do better.


Mom .


Mom and 12 ducklings

Mom and 12 Ducklings

Movie showing ducklings following mom. Movie #1

Movie showing mom faking broken wing to draw me away from the ducklings hidden in the grass. Movie #2

From the 'net.

Female wood ducks have a gray-brown head and neck with a brownish, green, glossed crest. A white teardrop shaped patch surrounds the brownish-black eye. The throat is white and the breast is gray-brown stippled with white, fading into the white belly. The back is olive brown with a shimmer of iridescent green. The bill is blue-gray and the legs and feet are dull grayish-yellow. Females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, "oo-eek," when flushed, and a sharp "cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek" for an alarm call.

Females nest in tree cavities or nest boxes and lay an average of 12 bone-white eggs.

Male wood ducks have a crested head that is iridescent green and purple with a white stripe leading from the eye to the end of the crest, and another narrower white stripe from the base of the bill to the tip of the crest. The throat is white and the chest is burgundy with white flecks, gradually grading into a white belly. The bill is brightly patterned black, white and red. The legs and feet are a dull straw yellow and the iris is red. The male call is a thin, high, rising "jeeeeee.

More info at; http://www.ducks.org/hunting/waterfowlGallery/19/index.html