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Several species of North American ducks normally nest in tree cavities: Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead. This can be surprising to those who think of them as marsh-dwellers. During nesting season, and the 21 days of brooding, they are tree-dwellers.
Their chicks often end up taking quite a long and dangerous exodus to relative safety in the water.
Other ducks may nest on above-ground sites but not in cavities, such as this Mallard. As we have mentioned in the past, Screech Owls often take over these nest boxes.
Photo is Hooded Merganser in late winter/ Spring breeding plumage. They are a fairly common winter duck in southern New England on salt water bays and inlets, but, like most of the tree-nesters except for the Woodie, breed further north.
IMHO, male Hooded Mergansers in breeding colors are among the most beautiful of the ducks. Only Wood Ducks can really rival them.
"They are a fairly common winter duck in southern New England on salt water bays and inlets, but, like most of the tree-nesters except for the Woodie, breed further north."
Um, actually, in my experience Hoodies are much more common on fresh water. It's Red-breasted Mergs that winter on salt water. Also, I'm not sure how far north you mean "southern New England" to go, but I know Hoodies nest regularly in southern NH.
..they are beautiful and I love all the different kinds and colors of their dress codes! I believe in the last couple of years, due to the lengthier winters' dragging on tho, that our feathery friends seem to be breeding & nesting a little bit later, at least around middle Tennessee.. which would seem a little more to me like, maybe it's another mark against the global WARMING scenario.. heh heh!