Ducks in Pine trees??


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By daddy duck - 3/2/2010 3:04:28 PM
if ya would have asked me before i would have said no, but this weekend while cutting down some pines on my deer property, i came accros the craziest thing i ever saw.....here in the south east we have had our share of water..and it has flooded a planted pine forrest that i have....well while wading out through it i jumped prolly 50 to 60 wood ducks aka summer ducks out of it...couldn't find anything in there i think they could have been eating. so has anyone else see that?? crazy man just crazy
By CropseyJ - 4/9/2010 6:49:45 PM
Were they in the pines, roosted?  Pines do provide some shelter from extreme weather.  I did push 13 ruffed grouse from out of a small patch of pines after a cold snap dropped the temp one night to -25 deg. F.  The ground sloped SE with a wind from the NW -so they were also out of the wind.
By NJ217bands - 4/10/2010 12:18:35 PM
Yesterday I saw a drake wood duck land in a tree.
By Trent - 8/23/2010 8:52:07 PM
i have, i live in south Georgia and to make a long story short.....a lot of their nature habit has been changed to pine plantations i think they have adapted and are eating some of the stuff in pine cones or something. But if it was flooded theres probably all kinds of crap on the bottom, when ever i shoot a Woodie i usually check there stomachs it amazes me what kind of stuff they eat...their survivors.
By Lonestar_Hunter - 10/5/2010 7:25:08 PM
I've seen woodies in the oak trees at my farm but when we get the black belly whistling ducks in they're worse than turkeys. Those things will stack up in the trees 10-20. I've seen black ducks land on power lines to try and roost at the coast. Ducks do some weird stuff bud haha.
By hunter951 - 10/25/2011 2:24:14 PM
I don't know but last summer I saw three mallards sitting up on a wide branch of a maple tree. I double checked to make sure they were mallards because I couldn't believe my eyes.
By QuackHead 96 - 11/5/2011 3:05:52 PM
I have seen wood ducks and mallards in trees. Believe it or not, I have actually seen geese land in pine trees and sit about 50 feet in the tree! Crazy!!
Ben
By Its Me! - 11/5/2011 6:57:54 PM
Wood ducks are perching ducks. We also hunt them in the Pine Barrens here in NJ. They feed in the bogs, but it is weird there was no obvious food source.
By SJLauren - 11/23/2011 12:43:32 PM
I've worked on conservation projects and helped maintain wood duck boxes.  They like to brood in naturally occuring holes in trees but wood duck boxes on poles work too.  They have strong claws to help them with perching in trees and grip bark that most duck species dont have.  Their fav habitat is flooded trees right along streams or rivers.  They really are a unique species. (Have my bachelors in wildlife management)