Wood Ducks reconnoitring nest hollows

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Subject: Wood Ducks reconnoitring nest hollows
From: John Layton <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:33:27 +0000

A week ago I saw a pair of Wood Ducks land beneath a clump of eucalyptus trees adjacent to the Holt Oval and pause for a minute before ascending into the canopy. As I watched over about ten minutes, they moved to other plantings of eucalypts and repeated the same routine two more times. I have since noticed a pair going through the same actions on other occasions during my usual daily beat around the oval. It seems unusual to see Wood Ducks in this area of Holt, although I sometimes see them squatting next to large puddles along the verges of Parkwood Road.


Anyhow, I wish them the best of duckish luck as I believe none of the local eucalypts in the suburb (planted during the 1970s, I think) would have developed adequate nesting hollows to date.


John Layton



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