Impromptu Nature Study — Wood Ducks

We’re on vacation! Yeah! That’s why not a lot is getting posted on my blog, but we’ve had some really nice learning opportunities while on vacation. We always do. Maybe it’s because we’re more relaxed, so we notice when the learning opportunities just pop up. Anyway, my husband discovered that one of the parks here had a family of Wood Ducks in it. I’d never seen them before and neither had the kids, so we were very excited to go see them.

Wood Ducks are one of the most amazing birds. If you’ve ever seen any video about them, you already know how fascinating they are. They build their nests in hollows of trees and then their ducklings have to jump out of the tree and walk/waddle sometimes up to a mile to where the water is. That can be a very dangerous trek for the little ducks, but they’re not extinct, so it must work. We were already interested in these birds from seeing them on the outstanding Life of Birds video series narrated by David Attenborough. (Not a Creationist series.) Now we got to see them in real life in their natural habitat.

Here is picture of the kids and me at the park:

Family at Drake Park

A picture of one of these absolutely beautiful birds:

Wood Duck Close-up

JD Boy said after we were done watching them, that he wishes he could always do nature study. Me too!

Zippy drew a picture of the Wood Duck to add to her nature journal. Here it is:

Wood Duck Drawing Close-up

2 thoughts on “Impromptu Nature Study — Wood Ducks

  • November 26, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your entry and seeing your wood duck…so beautiful.

    Great job on the nature journal too.

    Thanks for sharing your link,

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  • December 3, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for sending us your blog. It is fun to see the things that you are doing for school and fun. We enjoy your pictures and art and like being part of your school in a little way!

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