Date: 3/30/17 11:20 am From: Kai Weatherman <dainichi...> Subject: [ia-bird] Longfellow Wood Ducks in Iowa City
A pair of Wood Ducks has returned to the large silver maple tree in front of 742 S 7th Ave in Iowa City, first hearing them on Saint Patrick's Day, and have seen them in the maple tree from time to time since then, once with another female. Around 8:20 this morning the female, who is often rather restless compared to the male, found her way into the nest cavity that was used last year, but did not tarry there long. Soon enough both male and female took to the air. Taking a stroll in the neighbor a short time ago, I heard a Wood Duck flight call, looked up and saw one flying down the south branch of Ralston Creek. When I reached the bridge on Central Avenue that spans Ralston Creek I was delighted to hear and then observe a paddling of nine male and three female Wood Ducks a little way north of the bridge, and pleased that I happened to bring my compact binoculars with me on the walk.