The iridescent Wood Duck is one of the most attractive ducks. I do like the Green-Winged Teal too. It is seen in my header. The Wood Ducks live in woodland swamps and nest in tree holes, but many nature preserves and pond owners put up wood duck nesting boxes. You commonly see them at ponds and lakes.
Ducks perching in trees is a bit uncommon, but these ducks can, and occasionally you will see one sitting in a tree. Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most you see arriving in spring are already paired.
This pair is likely ready for setting up a nest. Usually many migrate, but they can stay here all year round.
I was wondering what they ate and found out by doing some research. They can eat seed, fruit, and insects. When aquatic food is unavailable, they may eat acorns or other nuts from forests, but also will eat grain from fields. I was glad to read that according to Cornell’s All About Birds.
They are dabbling ducks which do short dives. Cornell says they are not territorial, yet I have images of the male chasing and biting Mallards.
This past two weeks it has been Duck Hunting season, and the river is filled with decoy ducks. It makes seeing live ducks a bit more difficult at this time.