Posted by Teri Franzen on June 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm
Unlikely Siblings: This family of Wood Ducklings and one Hooded Merganser duckling are being raised together by a hen Wood Duck at Brick Pond Wetland Preserve in Owego, NY. Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers nest in the same territories in tree cavities or nest boxes. And I have read that occasionally one would lay an egg in the other’s nest, which is very likely what happened in this case. Photographed from a blind at Brick Pond Wetland Preserve in Owego, NY.