When ducks started to return to New Brunswick this spring, DUC volunteer John Johnston got ready. He checked the nest boxes he installed on his property and at the DUC Fredericton office, he tested the cameras he installed inside the boxes, and he watched for potential nesters. Wood ducks and hooded mergansers were milling around the nearby wetlands and checking out the boxes. Then, in mid-April, a wood duck hen claimed the nest box at the DUC Fredericton office and laid her clutch of eggs.
This footage is being captured near a wetland at the DUC Fredericton office. Follow DUC Atlantic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates and to see more from this nest box.
Shortly after the first nest box was occupied, a hooded merganser hen prepared her own nest in the box on Johnston’s property. Watch below for a look inside.
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Johnston managed these same nest boxes last year and watched as wood ducks and hooded mergansers both took interest. The two species are regular nesters near wetlands in New Brunswick, and don’t always get along (as Johnston witnessed in 2020, when a hooded merganser evicted a nesting wood duck to lay her own eggs).
DUC’s Atlantic and Ontario teams offer nest box stewardship programs, including videos on how to build, install and maintain them. Visit our Nest Box Resources to connect with us and learn more.
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