Now, without further ado, the aix sponsa is better known as a wood duck. These are a magnificent specimen of water fowl, sporting such a handsome profile and rich colors.
You would think with this spectacular coloring it might be hard to blend in, but you can see from this photo of a male, and his less colorful mate, that they blend into their environment quite well if they need to.
This wood duck couple lives in the same pond that I view the osprey family, and the green heron family. Honestly - could I be any luckier to have this opportunity to view such fun and gorgeous birds so frequently!?!?
And if you think just seeing the wood duck and his gal pal are lucky enough, hold onto your hats, because I'm about to deliver you, your daily dose of cuteness! I practically squealed with delight one morning when I approached the shoreline of this favorite pond and this mama wood duck and her babies scurried away!
I was lucky enough to observe these babies for a couple months over the summer. The clutch size seemed to shrink a smidge as the summer wore on (there are also plenty of snapping turtles and river otters in that pond!), but it seemed that four - six of the wood duck hatchlings continued to thrive.
I hope you will join me for the letter Y tomorrow where there may or may not be some baby birds involved!
Today's challenge earrings are a simple choice, but sometimes less is more! I love using cultured sea glass (from ZnetShows) in my work, and these are such a gorgeous red. Don't forget to comment and you will be entered in a drawing for seven pairs of earrings!