Monday, April 27, 2015

Free Rent - Tenant Wanted

Every now and then a wood duck will land on our pond, but s/he never stays long and sightings are few and far between.

Papa Pea has talked for a long time about building a wood duck nest box in the hopes of getting a female to take up residence and raise a brood of quackers . . . except wood ducks "whistle" rather than "quack."


Yesterday the nest box was finished and ready to mount.


He still has to fabricate a metal cone-type sheet to attach to the pole as extra added precaution to insure our other wild critters such as squirrels, pine martens, fishers or raccoons aren't able to gain access to the eggs or little ducklings should we be lucky enough to have a pair of wood ducks decide our rental space is to their liking.

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  1. Oh cool is that! Hope you have new tenants soon!

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  2. That is great! I can't wait to see how long it takes, who wouldn't want to live there?!

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    1. Erin - Maybe the question is who WOULD want to live there? Apparently a lot of other birds do, too, according to what I've read. Sometimes you have to be quite ruthless to convince them the house was NOT constructed for them!!

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  3. That is neat. Hope they take up residence.

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    1. Kristina - The wood ducks, especially the males of course, are so beautiful. Very colorful. Could we be so lucky as to attract a nice couple wanting to set up housekeeping?

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  4. I'm learning today! I didn't realize a duck would nest in a box like that. I'll be looking for your report on new tenants.

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    1. Mark - I know! It's amazing to study the habits of the wild creatures, isn't it?

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  5. Ooooo--that's gonna be nice.
    Wow, though. There sure is a lot of critters that would like to put ducklings on the menu!

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    1. Sue - Apparently owls will go after them, too. So how do you prevent that? I'm sure one of the smaller owls could get in through the opening.

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  6. Boy, that heading got my hopes up.... :) Lucky ducky, I would say. Hope one takes up residence soon!

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    1. Susan - You silly girl! :o) I wonder if they send scouts out flying over to spot new living accommodations (aka nest boxes)?

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  7. I had no idea that ducks nested in boxes that high. I learn something new every single day.

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    1. DFW - They will nest in hollow trees much, much taller than our nest box. Amazing nature!

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  8. Mama Pea,

    Your husband did a great job on that nest.

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    1. Sandy - Thank you! If we should be lucky enough to have this one occupied, I know he'll be building more!

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  9. Aw, when I saw the title of your post, I thought - great - a place for me to stay!! But it is a bit cramped for me... Sure do hope you get a nice family nesting there soon!

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    1. 2 Tramps - When any of us think about traveling, the thought of "free rent" perks us up, doesn't it?

      That's another of my "if I were rich" things . . . if I were rich, I'd put the cutest, little guest cabin on our property and offer it rent free to special people. You'd be invited! :o)

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  10. So cool! Hope you have tenants soon!

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    1. Sarah - We've been watching but no wood duck sightings so far!

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  11. Aww! I love putting up birdhouses! I wish we had more at my house. Hope you get some ducks!!

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  12. Oh, I hope it works! I think wood ducks are the prettiest wild ducks there are. What fun it would be to watch a mother raise a batch.

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    1. Leigh - Yes, they really are colorful! Did you know they are a popular game bird? I didn't until we started reading up on them.

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