Wood Duck behaviour

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Wood Duck behaviour
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2021 18:43:32 +1000
Thanks Martin

I suspect that might not be the case with this pair.    They have left an egg 
on three occasions in the last few months, there is little to disturb them in 
the fenced environs of the pool and they are a fair way from a nesting tree.  

Regards, Laurie

> On 30 Dec 2020, at 6:53 pm, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
> I have found AWD eggs in many settings. The explanation is that the bird has 
> been startled When heading towards the nest and when “yah gotta go, yah gotta 
> go!’
> On Wed, 30 Dec 2020 at 19:26, Laurie Knight <> wrote:
> Seasons Greetings folks.  I hope you are enjoying the year end.
> We have a pair of Wood Ducks that periodically visit our back yard swimming 
> pool.  In addition to the expected the physical reminders of their visits, we 
> also get the occasional egg left on the side of the pool.  
> My understanding is that Wood Ducks normally nest in tree hollows.  Why would 
> they lay an egg in the hostile environment of the concrete surrounds of a 
> swimming pool?
> Regards, Laurie
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