Wood Ducks galore

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Kothenbeutel as his home in Woodinville, WA.
Every September the wood ducks return to his back yard pond – probably because he provides feed for them twice a day (mixture of whole wheat and gamebird pellets). On Sept. first there were 6 but the number has grown to 125 -150! They stream in in small groups just as it begins to get light in the morning, eat their breakfast, lounge around all day and then leave in the evening after their dinner. They never get very tame and always flush when he takes out the feed. After circling a few times they come raining back to the pond in a fashion that makes it too hard to count them. It is quite a spectacle. Even though they are devouring 150 lbs of feed each week he never gets tired of watching them. They even invade his bird feeder which is near his deck, and some have taken a liking to suet. There is a large number of juveniles and the mature drakes are now in full breeding plumage.

This is a recording from first light this morning starting from around 07:00am.

It is always best to let the player buffer beforehand….

copyright Mike Hamilton

Wood Duck

Recorder: SD 722
Microphones: MKH 40/30
Sample/bitrate: 44.1k 24 bit
Tripod mounted
Rycote windjammer
Wood duck
Trumpeter swan
American crow
Weather:Partly cloudy
Temp: 54f
Recordist: Martyn Stewart

Waterfowl explosion

Spring is upon us and the waterfowl in the area I’m living in have already chosen their mates. Now it is time to fatten up ready for egg laying. I have a feeder in the woods at the back of the studio and frequently I have mallards coming and going to empty my stock of seed. Now, the Wood ducks that visit every spring have arrived. Last year we had over 8 wood ducks visit the feeders. The first two have now arrived so we have to dip into the bank and replenish the seed frequently.

copyright Mike Hamilton

Wood Duck

Recording Info:
Redmond sunday morning

Location: Rear garden
Date: 2010-03-28
Time: 07:36
State: WA

Description: Mallards and wood ducks arrive and feed

Habitat: semi urban
VoxType: Morning
Category: soundscape

Recorder: SD 722
Mics: sennheiser mkh 40/30
Sample rate: 44.1k 24 bit
Microphone pattern: MS stereo
Take# 1

Anthrophony: Distant traffic
Geophony: wing-flaps
Biophony: Wood duck/mallard/american robin/northern flicker/american crow/winter wren/

Weather: Overcast
Temp: 45f
Humidity: 89%
Wind: calm
Barometer: 29.72 ins (falling)
Elevation: 550ft

Recordist: Martyn Stewart
Notes: inserted -30 db tone at beginning of the recording/ Mic suspension with Rycote windjammer and gitzo tripod/