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.

24 comments:

Lisa said...

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

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - We're hoping for the same!

Erin said...

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

Kristina said...

That is neat. Hope they take up residence.

Mark said...

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.

Sue said...

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

Susan said...

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

DFW said...

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

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

Your husband did a great job on that nest.

2 Tramps said...

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!

Mama Pea said...

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!!

Mama Pea said...

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?

Mama Pea said...

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

Mama Pea said...

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.

Mama Pea said...

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

Mama Pea said...

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

Mama Pea said...

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

Mama Pea said...

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)

Sarah said...

So cool! Hope you have tenants soon!

Leah said...

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

Leigh said...

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.

Mama Pea said...

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

Mama Pea said...

Leah - Thanks!

Mama Pea said...

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.