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Wood Duck

Aix sponsa (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Stanislas Wroza 2020-01-25 La Celle-les-Bordes, Yvelines, Île-de-France, Yvelines (France) (130 m) call, flight call -

Feral population

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

522565
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Daniel Lane 05-12-2010 Capitol Lake, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, East Baton Rouge (United States) (10 m) call (A) - Calls from a male. 66141
xeno-canto.org
Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Matt Wistrand 2016-04-09 Elsen's HIll, DuPage County, Illinois, DuPage (United States) (240 m) alarm call, female -

Female calls (with quieter whistling from males) as they flush.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

312435
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Russ Wigh 2017-02-26 Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA USA, Chatham (United States) (2 m) call -

At times, in this particular location of fresh water ponds this species can be quite common. The pools will dry up in drought periods and the birds are obviously not there. I have counted as many as 55 individuals in three ponds during wet winters. They are skittish and notoriously hard to get close to, taking flight very easily. Two birds seemed undisturbed as I slowed my vehicle to a stop. I was able to get out and work my way to the water's edge before they took off, which allowed me to get their fading calls, which for all the world sounds like they are in dire straits.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

356971
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Ed Pandolfino 2018-05-27 Grizzly Slough, Sacramento County, California, Sacramento (United States) (10 m) call -

female alarm calls from a flushing pair, narration at end

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

450846
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Jim Berry 2016-05-22 Watts Flats WMA, Town of Harmony (near Panama), Chautauqua County, New York, Chautauqua (United States) (440 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

318745
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Sunny Tseng 2019-11-11 Burnaby Lake Regional Park, British Columbia, Greater Vancouver Area (Canada) (10 m) adult, call -

Mono with one Sennheiser mic.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

509715
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Aziza Cooper 2021-10-10 Vancouver Island (near Victoria), Capital, British Columbia, Capital (Canada) (60 m) adult, call, female, male -

Females: quiet chatter; males: high-pitched rising whistles; single loud shriek at the end - female, I think.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

679723
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Michael Hurben 2020-06-23 Hyland Lake Park Reserve - Recreation Area (near Bloomington), Hennepin County, Minnesota, Hennepin (United States) (260 m) call, female -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

570949
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Robert Dobbs 2022-01-14 UL Farm, Cade, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, Saint Martin (United States) (9 m) call, life stage uncertain, sex uncertain -

two cuts of same birds

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

729029
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Robert Benson 1990-02-12 Iola, Grimes County, Texas, Grimes (United States) (60 m) alarm call -

A pair of Wood Ducks were flushed of the Navasota River and called as they left the water.

Equipment was Panasonic SV250 cassette recorder and a Sennheiser ME88 microphone.

The original recording is now archived at the Dudley T. Dougherty Natural Sounds Collection in Normanna, Texas.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

210720
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Herman van der Meer 2014-04-04 Buytenpark, Zoetermeer, ZH, Zuid-Holland (Netherlands) (3 m) call -

Flushed pair. Probably escaped/released from nearby waterfowl collection. [52.069892, 4.449674, ul140407]

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

172680
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Martin St-Michel 2016-06-18 Réserve nationale de faune du lac Saint-François, Le Haut-Saint-Laurent, Québec, Montérégie: Le Haut-Saint-Laurent (Canada) (50 m) alarm call, female, flight call -

Habitat: freshwater marsh, freshwater lake.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

331424
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Bruce Lagerquist 2016-05-17 Yakima Canyon, Kittitas County, Washington, Kittitas (United States) (380 m) call, female -

in a small pond female softly calling with 3 ducklings near her in the reeds.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

342230
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Dan Kopp 2017-09-18 Sacramento, American River Parkway, Estates Dr. Access, Sacramento (United States) (10 m) 'Sea-shell' like drone of suburban surroundings., alarm call -

Unmodified recording of approximately 15 plus Wood Ducks; I managed to sneak up on them and get ready with my recorder before they inevitably flew.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

389582
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Barry Edmonston 2019-06-08 Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Greater Vancouver Area (Canada) (10 m) call, female -

Soft clucking calls from adult female paddling close to edge of lagoon with a single chick. Calls are very soft and difficult to record. Recording amplified. Two noticeable calls at ten seconds and at end of recording.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

480680
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Antonio Xeira 2016-08-07 Michigan, Metro Beach Metropark, Macomb (United States) (180 m) alarm call -

Wood Duck in distress

Equipment: Olympus WS-822 digital recorder with Audio-technica ATR 6550 shotgun.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

347194
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Daniel Lane 05-12-2010 Capitol Lake, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, East Baton Rouge (United States) (10 m) call (B) - Alarm calls from a female first, then some calls from males. 66139
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Jim Berry 2016-08-24 Watts Flats Wildlife Management Area, Town of Harmony (near Ashville), Chautauqua County, New York, Chautauqua (United States) (440 m) Wing beat, call, flight call -

No filtering or db boost used. The wing beats of a second bird can be heard after the flight call of the first bird.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

332246
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Jonathon Jongsma 13-10-2010 Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, MN, Hennepin (United States) (250 m) Call (B) -   63109
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa William Whitehead 2021-03-05 Bernards (near Basking Ridge), Somerset County, New Jersey, Somerset (United States) (70 m) Reek, call -

Passaic River.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

626709
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Ezekiel S. Jakub 2011-04-11 BENNETT MEADOWS, NORTHFIELD, MA, Franklin (United States) (500 m m) Call -   75643
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Pamela C. Rasmussen 16 Apr 2011 USA: Ohio; Ottawa Co., Magee Marsh (41.627, -83.187) , United States (United States) (175 m) calls - quality: good 12861
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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa Nick Komar 2020-08-22 Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) juvenal contact call, juvenile -

Contact call from a half-grown juvenile.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

588029
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