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Re: Alternate uses for wood duck boxes
DrLuke #506432 05/24/19 10:11 AM
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you are a lucky man! So glad you got pictures too! I have 2 houses up and no takers. Maybe too much activity around the pond. Maybe I'll move one of them in the water for next year. I do have them in a safe place with appropriate predator guards.

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Thatís really cool, Dr. Luke. Iíve seen one pair of woodies, one pair of mallards, and 6 pairs of geese with little ones so far this spring. I always enjoy your posts as weíve done a good bit of pheasant hunting in your area (Brooklyn, Victor, Marengo, etc). Thanks.

Bryan

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bryani289swmi #506465 05/24/19 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted By: bryani289swmi
Thatís really cool, Dr. Luke. Iíve seen one pair of woodies, one pair of mallards, and 6 pairs of geese with little ones so far this spring. I always enjoy your posts as weíve done a good bit of pheasant hunting in your area (Brooklyn, Victor, Marengo, etc). Thanks.

Bryan


Very cool! PM me if you'd like to stop by next time you are in the area. Always nice to meet a member of the PB family!


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Very cool pics Dr Luke!


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DrLuke #506537 05/27/19 06:31 AM
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Dr. Luke,

Iíll keep that in mind as we are out traveling, I donít think we will be in your neighborhood this year. Likewise to you if you ever make it to SW Michigan! Thanks.

Bryan

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DrLuke #508410 07/02/19 06:43 PM
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Been a strange year, regarding the wood ducks and the timing of the hatch. Historically, they'd be done by June 1st. We witnessed our second hatch June 24th, and we saw the 3rd hatch this morning! The super high water conditions must have had an impact. Some hens try for a second nesting if something interrupts the first attempt.

wood ducks hatching


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The hatch I caught on video (sorry it was so wiggly) was just how I'd read it goes. The hen began sitting in the doorway of the house, intensely scouting the area, and then going back in. I noticed her doing this, and wondered if maybe this was the morning. After about 30 minutes of this, I guess she was satisfied. She popped out, and flew down to the water just below the house. I couldn't hear her doing it, but she started calling to the ducklings. And they started hopping and scrambling to reach the opening, and all 10 jumped out within just a few minutes. They stuck to her tail like glue, and she took them across the pond to the cattails along the dam.


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In the hatch out this morning, that duck house was much closer to the people house. We have family over for the 4th of July, and my niece and nephew were out on the pond on a paddle boat. We also had 4 dogs running around. No matter. The hen decided it was time, and she called the chicks out. They answered her call and bailed out the door. She hustled them into the cattails as well. Pretty neat to see!


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That's some good stuff right there! What it's all about. I'm envious.


Fish on!,
Noel
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