Wood Duck Baby Left Behind at Deb's House on June 14, 2016
Deb Rice, a Round Lake resident and our former Post Mistress, has not had an easy time with Wood Ducks this season. A female duck came down her chimney, landing in her wood stove. Then a male Wood Duck took a quick trip down her chimney and into the cellar. He eventually walked out and flew off. The day Deb capped her chimney and could sit back and relax, she found a lone baby Wood Duck in her yard. She rescued it from cats and put it in a carrier. Then she called me wondering what to do about the baby. Last year, after finding a dozen abandoned baby Wood Ducks, the rehabber told me to try and find the mother to reunite them all. Easier said then done. I drove and walked all around the village and found not one duck. I did the same thing for Deb's duck and no mama was located. I called the rehabber and she said she could take the baby. She is Awesome! She is part of Northeast Wildcare. The baby Wood Duck became roomies with a Mallard baby, in a tub heated underneath with a heating pad. There were also eighteen raccoons, squirrels and two baby deer which she was caring for.