Date: 7/5/18 11:29 am From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers...> Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Black-bellied Whistling Duck - still at Nissequogue River State Park, LI
>12:05 pm. Still here today on the algae covered pond
It's interesting that multiple reports from 30 June onwards are of a single bird when the original two birds were acting very much like a mated pair. Wood Ducks appear to be nesting close to this pond and I wonder if the second Whistling Duck might be occupying a nest of it's own somewhere nearby?
There are no prior nesting records for New York State and observers should be especially diligent to avoid disturbance but at the same time keep an eye out for the 'missing' bird in surrounding trees or by watching to see if the continuing bird tries to visit a potential nest site or tree with a suitable cavity.
Like Wood Duck, Black-bellied Wood Duck uses cavities or hollows in trees for nesting including artificial nest boxes.