Wood Duck

Found by Jack Douglas, this female Wood Duck has been present along an overgrown stretch of the River Nene, between B&Q and Carlsberg, Northampton, for approximately two weeks and is still present today.

Adult female Wood Duck, Northampton, January 2014 (Mike Alibone). The iridescent blue extending on to the third row of coverts ages this as an adult.

Adult female Wood Duck, Northampton, January 2014 (Mike Alibone). The iridescent blue extending on to the third row of coverts ages this as an adult.

Although common in the USA, where it is also an east coast migrant south to Mexico, Wood Duck is kept commonly in captivity and the many documented records from UK counties refer overwhelmingly to escapes but with individuals appearing in Iceland, the Azores and Canary Islands the potential for transatlantic vagrancy should not be dismissed.

As with most presumed escapes there is always the nagging fear that this might actually be a wild bird 🙂

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