28 September, 2009

American Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Population Estimate: 46.8M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Year-round in eastern US and along the Pacific Coast. They prefer wooded wetlands as they nest in trees. A portion of birds winter in the southeastern US into Mexico and in summer the range extends to the border of Canada. 

Field Notes: Either sex unmistakable in any plumage as above. 

Personal Notes: One of our favourite sights on a walk in the woods. 

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