I generally post these things up on Michigan Duck Hunters Board. I am really big on trying to do my part on habitat work and nesting structures. I thought you guys might find it intesting. If nothing else the southern boys can see what winter looks like up North!
In the last few years spring has caught me flat footed and I have not made it to all my nesting boxes and tubes before the ice melted. This year I plan to get them all done well ahead of time. So this weekend I decided we needed to take a little family trip to the woods and visit "Madi's Pond".
I put in with the help of the kids 4 boxes on this pond and that was back in 2009. I was still experimenting with materials to use back then and was trying to get by with thin wall conduit for poles. I think I was using 1" dia. The two boxes put in on the poles did not survive the first year and the other two boxes that were installed on tree's with sheet metal flashing guards did not get checked because of unsafe ice. This was the first time since then that we have checked the boxes cleaned them and placed cedar shavings in them.
Here is box number 1.
This box showed signs of multiple uses. through the years. Hoodies and Wood Ducks. Considering conventional wisdom is that if a box is not cleaned out a new hen will not use it. Its generally accepted that only the hen from the previous year will re use it. Guess it goes to show you what be believe to be true is not always relayed the the animals we believe it about. Even though there were three unhatched eggs there was a successful hatch last year. The membranes were still easy to see.
The next box is a special one for me and my Daughter. We put it up years ago together. Total round trip on snow shoes was 1/2 mile. plus the 5 miles in on snowmobile. Its her box. She built it and we installed it. I was excited to see how it had done. Turns out it also had multiple years of use. They all appear to have been Hoodies. "Mohawks" are one of her favorites anyway so that was fine by her.
Here is a picture of her at the time of install.
Here she is now no longer a baby. Turning into a little girl. Breaks my heart and makes me proud all at the same time!