Cameras are ready

Two cameras are now live for West nest jump day tomorrow morning. For links to the West nest inside camera and an Outside camera go to my main web page as usual:
https://birdsgv.com
Scroll down to just below the images/buttons that link to the cameras for some bullet items that provide tips about using them

Note: some people have been confused by the new-this-year video ad that plays very briefly before the video from a duck camera starts. There is no bypass for the ad but it is only a few seconds long. Play the ad and when it finishes, carefully touch/click the word “>> continue” that appears.

3 thoughts on “Cameras are ready”

  1. I had a hen use my duck box for the first time this year. Unfortunately, a raccoon was able to thwart my predator guard and raided the nest. The hen was able to escape. I installed a new and larger predator guard for next year. In your experience, will a hen return to the same area from a previous year even if the nest was compromised? Also, I am considering adding a second box, but I have heard various reports about far to space the boxes. How far apart are your boxes?

    Thanks

    1. Hello Samuel,

      I have read that ducks who are successful in raising a brood will often return to the same area in the next year. I’ve seen this occur when we’ve watched one on-camera that has some distinctive marking. One of them that we named Arabelle (“arrow bill” because she had an arrow shaped lighter area on her bill) nested here on two consecutive years and visited on the third year but another duck claimed the nest. They can live for a decade but with predation their lives are sometimes short. I don’t know about unsuccessful ducks returning. However at our site there is typically lots of competition for the nest boxes: I’ve seen 6 pairs of wood ducks in the yard during the “nest shopping” phase, all taking turns and competing to check out our two (lately three) nest boxes.

      I’ve heard the same thing you mentioned, that they don’t like to be too close. Our two nest boxes are in the two back corners of our lot, about 60 feet apart. They can “see” each other across the lot and they face each other too (so that we can watch them from the house). The third one where we added a camera last year (where the hooded merganser nested) is in our neighbors yard across the creek; it’s about 40 feet from one of ours but they face in opposite directions and are screened by trees between them. All three of those have been occupied by incubating hens at the same time.

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