Just last week, we had the pleasure of seeing these almost-fully-grown-up ducks head out into the real world. We released the wood ducks together in one large group. While initially the groups were separated while young -- since some were older and therefore larger than others -- their last few weeks were spent together in our outdoor songbird aviary. True, wood ducks certainly aren't songbirds, but the aviary provided the group of 10 with space for a kiddie pool and ample room to roam around. VINS staff members Audrey Gossett and Ian Miyashiro released the ducks at a large pond surrounded by forest -- great wood duck habitat!
Please click here to see a video of wood ducks' release into the wild!
And compare and contrast the size of the ducks from May to July in the photos below!