Winter birds of Eastern WA

I’ve just returned from the fabulous three day field trip to Eastern Washington lead by Stefan Schlick.

I’m going to try and stick to chronological order.

On our way there we stopped at Cashmere to have a quick but excellent look at Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus):
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Winter birds of Eastern WA

In Search of the Perfect Home

When I saw a duck in a tree for a first time I thought I was hallucinating. Of course back then I had no idea that Wood Ducks didn’t get their name without reason. OK, I didn’t even know the name of that duck in the tree.

Now I know but it doesn’t make the duck in the tree a common sight. It is still easier to spot these gorgeous birds on the water.

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Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) nest in tree cavities. Female can sometimes spend days looking for suitable nest site. Male would accompany her and wait outside while she is checking the cavity. He wouldn’t play any role in choosing the nest site, neither would he help incubating eggs. In about 24 hours after hatching ducklings leave the nest. Their mom flies out of the cavity, lands, and starts calling them. Ducklings would follow her jumping down out of the nest to the ground. They are known to jump almost 300 feet (89 m)!

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