Yesterday, when I was out photographing the Swans at Vadnais Reservoir, I discovered I had photographed a Wood Duck among the Mallards. Today I went back to get better photos of him.
Once again, the ducks and swans made a beeline to the shore near the path I was walking and congregated there for several minutes, waiting I suppose to see whether I had any treats for them. I didn’t. But that made it easier to pick out the one Wood Duck male among the hundreds of Mallards.
Mr. Wood Duck seemed a little nervous, swimming constantly to stay in the middle of a group, and huddling up close to the female Mallards wherever it could.
In fact, Woody stuck close to any Mallard female, swimming side by side and preening on shore when she did the same.
I thought Wood Ducks overwintered far south of here, and in fact they usually do. This duck either got lost, got lazy, or got lucky meeting up with a group of Mallards who hung out with swans in the only open water in this area. The Christmas Bird Count data for last year indicates that only 1 Wood Duck was seen in extreme southeastern MN, including the Twin Cities. Maybe it was this bird.