Friday, 23 January 2015
Wood Duck Box Cleanout Part 1
I arrived at our first pond nearest the house and home to two duck boxes. If I sneak down here in the spring, I can regularly see wood duck life on this pond.
The next box at the other end of the pond was an interesting story.
I packed up and headed to the next pond.
I had to park a little ways from to next pond to avoid getting stuck. It's sure good exercise to carry the ladder and pail of shavings through the snow.
The pond was entirely frozen which made for easy walking. Last year, I remember cleaning the above box while a common goldeneye swam some distance off. It was plenty late to be doing the boxes last year with the melting ice.
The second box was just as high, but I got the ladder up and got it opened up fine.
For some reason, this nest also had some eggs remaining.
The last box is here on the edge of the frozen ditchbank.
I opened it and this is what I saw.
On the way, back home, this happened.
Anyway sorry for the long post. Hope you enjoyed it. I have four boxes left to check, meaning a part two is in the forecast sometime soon. I'll conclude with some random pictures I took during the day.