SKIP O'ROURKE | Times
Wood ducks perch on their seasonal home last Friday on Hendricks Lake in Brandon. They are a mating pair, and that's the handsome male on the left, with iridescent green, blue, purple and rust. Wood ducks live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees, or in nesting boxes put up around lake margins. A hen lays 10 to 15 eggs. About 24 hours after hatching, ducklings are called to the nearest water by Mom. Within a couple of months, they are on their own. "Woodies" are about half the size of a mallard, and their preferred cuisine is acorns.