The 2013 Wood Duck nesting season is over and the cams are offline until February 2014.
For updates and free HD pictures go to " Woodiecam " on facebook.
Watch the HD youtube videos of the jumps at my website woodiecam1 Click on videos.
We watched 76 baby Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers hatch and skydive from 5 nests in 2013.
Hen Wood Duck Neusiok and her 12 babies put on a spectacular 4th of July celebration skydive at 7:30 AM EST. Watch the videos at Woodiecam1 and Woodiecam2. All 12 eggs hatched after 30 days of incubation and all 12 made the jump. Neusiok was named after the American Indians that lived along the Neuse River 2 miles from Holt Lake..
Wood Duck Willowemoc's 14 eggs all hatched after 30 days of incubation. All 14 babies made it out of the nest box at 7:15 AM EST on 6/13/13
WoodieFrances Wood Duck and her 14 babies left the box on 5/21/13 at 9:15 AM EST. 14 of 23 eggs hatched after 29 days of incubation. All 14 babies made it out safely. Check out the split screen X3 video. Part HD with splashdown, inside the box and close-up views on 1 screen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fiWOm1RKgI
WoodiePier Wood Duck, 17 baby Wood ducks and 2 Hooded Merganser babies left the box on 4/24/13 @ 10:45 AM EST. Check out the Full HD, Split Screen, wide angle splashdown and close-uo video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkqIBIwxnoo
. WoodieGanser Wood Duck, 19 baby Wood Ducks and 1 Hooded Merganser baby left the box on 3/28/13 @ 9:45 AM EST. A video has been posted. 10 eggs were taken to Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter @ Oak Island, NC.
WoodieNell abandoned her nest due to fishermen to close to the box, loud talking, weekend boating and other human activity.
Check out the companion channel Woodiecam2 for the outside view and more videos.
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2012 was another great year for the Woodiecams. We witnessed 56 baby Wood Ducks from 5 nests leave the nest boxes. The videos are on this site and at Woodecam2.
2012 Holt Lake end of season report;
From 55 nest boxes on the lake,
688 baby Wood Ducks.
12 baby Hooded Mergansers.
136 baby Prothonotary Warblers fledged.
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Woodiemama Wood Duck and her 3 babies left the box at 7:20 AM EST on July 16. 2012
Woodieladylake and her 9 babies made it out of the box in record time at 8:20 AM on 5/31/12.
Woodiepier Wood Duck hatched 16 of 18 eggs after 30 days of incubation on May 15. She and the babies jumped out on May 16, 2012.
Woodieland Wood Duck and her 14 babies left the nest on May 3rd, 2012 at 9:15 AM EST.
Woodie Wood Duck and her babies left the box at 8:30 AM EST on 3/26/12
Videos of the babies leaving the box are on this site and the videos of the outside view are on Woodiecam2.
Visit my website to see my pictures of Wood Ducks and other birds at woodiecam1
Woodiecam1 is located on Holt Lake near Smithfield, North Carolina. Holt Lake is 600 acres and is 2.5 miles long rimmed with cypress trees.
Wood Duck fun facts from the book "Wood Duck Adventures"
by my uncle F. Eugene Hester: Available from Five Valleys Press.
Wood Ducks normally nest in tree cavities.
Nick name is Woodie.
Fastest flying speed; 55 mph.
Wing beats per second; 7 to 7.5
Wing span; 28 inches.
Weight; Male 1.5 lbs. Female 1.16 lbs
Length; 17 to 20 inches.
Eggs: Normal clutch of 12, The hen lays 1 egg a day. Hatch in 28 to 35 days.
Babies can fly in 8 to 10 weeks.
Survival rate; Less than half reach flight stage.
For more info on the cams and Wood Ducks visit my Website woodiecam1