Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

January 17, 2016

Our Wood Duck Sanctuary

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Our farm has a slough (drainage or ditch that holds water year round) in a hardwood forest.   Our grandson discovered this swampy area last year.  Recently, he discovered it was a favorite site for wood ducks.   So he designated it as our Wood Duck Sanctuary.   We erected two wood duck boxes for nesting.  We also placed a corn feeder near waters edge.  We plan to feed year round.

Recently, our game camera caught four wood ducks near the feeder and the nest.  Hopefully, the camera will catch the ducks entering or exiting a nest.   And then a real fabulous photo would be ducklings exiting the nest next spring.

January 3, 2013

Grandson Garrett building Wood Duck Nest

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He obtained plans from Ducks Unlimited website.

Made a pattern out of cardboard.

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He used 3/4 ” exterior plywood.

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+One side was hinged to allow for annual “clean-out”

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He’ll erect Wood Duck box on edge of our pond.

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It was not easy to dig hole in mud.

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Ready for nesting Wood Ducks.

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