Wood Duck – 5/30/16

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 5/30/16

Observation Time: 11:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comments: This guy went running through our yard this morning. We were initially concerned to see such a young bird on his own, but my bird app says that wood ducks leave the nest shortly after hatching.

‘sponsa’ means ‘bethrothed’, i.e. dressed for a wedding, from the bird’s attractive appearance” (Dictionary of American Bird Names, by Ernest Choate)

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