Wood duck at Quarry Lakes RP - Fremont


This afternoon a male wood duck was on the west bank of Willow Slough at Quarry Lakes RP in Fremont.  According to the California Waterfowl Wood Duck Program, Quarry Lakes has ten wood duck nest boxes, and sixteen ducklings were counted there in 2009.  Their instructive brochure includes wonderful photos of wood ducks and others - birds and otherwise - that use wood duck boxes: http://www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/communications/magazine/magazinepdfs/Spring/woodducksection.pdf
Quarry Lakes is usually a ducky place, but the only other duck I saw on this windy day under dramatic, billowing gray clouds and spattering raindrops was a drake mallard about 10' away from the drake wood duck.
Violet-green swallows were zipping around low off the water in the southwestern arm of Lago Los Osos. 
Two western grebes were displaying to each other, mirroring and running across the water together.
Stephanie Floyd

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