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March 10, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

Wildlife Spotting: Wood Ducks

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks on the Upper Pond

Genus: Aix

This pair of Wood Ducks was photographed in the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum by Lisa Bauer on March 2, 2011 at the upper pond.  These beautiful ducks can be found in streams, marshes, swamps and small ponds all over the southeastern United States.  They typically nest in tree cavities close to the water.

Fun Fact: After hatching, ducklings jump down (unaided by their parents) from the nest tree and make their way to the water.  They may jump from heights of well over 50-60 feet without injury.

Learn More About the Wood Duck.

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