Out walking the dogs this morning at Gannon Narrows, I heard flapping and looked up and saw a female Wood Duck hanging on the side of the tree. She seemed to have her foot stuck in the bark on the tree, right beside the cavity which I presume is her nest. I have never seen this situation before. I was not sure haw long she had been stranded there. My 30′ ladder was not long enough and would have been too dangerous to operate from so I called Shaun Milne of Shaun Milne Signs who lives just north of Ennismore and asked him to bring out his bucket truck. With the use of the truck and a towel (used to wrap up the duck while we extracted her from her trap) they were able to free her. She sat on the towel for about 30 seconds to catch her breath then flew off none the worse for wear. I don’t think that she would have been able to get her leg free by herself and would have died. Nice to have a happy ending to the story.

Location: Gannon’s Narrows, Ennismore
Observer: Jim Watt

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.