Ducklings expected to jump from West Richland nest

Tri-City HeraldJune 3, 2014 

Wood duck nest

May 29, 2014 - A wood duck hen sits on a clutch of eggs in a nesting box at Barker Ranch near the Yakima River in West Richland.

COURTESY DALE SCHIELKE

— Ducklings being watched by a webcam in a West Richland nest hatched Tuesday starting about 9:45 a.m., and they likely will jump from the nest this morning.

Wood ducks do not feed their ducklings in the nest. The babies usually are urged to jump from the nest by their mother 24 hours after they hatch to find food, said Dale Schielke, a longtime member of the Richland Rod and Gun Club.

Until they jump out of the nest one by one, it will be difficult to get a good count of how many ducklings hatched, said Schielke, who installed the webcam. The nest had 18 eggs, but some of those could have been laid by one or more ducks earlier, and not all were expected to hatch.

This is the third hatch of wood ducks that Schielke has followed with a webcam this spring. The earlier two jumps were suspenseful, with one duckling in each nest having trouble making the jump.

Watch the ducklings by clicking here.

The Richland Rod and Gun Club has another webcam set up in a nest with five baby kestrels in the West Richland area.

They should remain in the nest until later this month as the male and female parents bring them food.

To see the kestrels, a type of small hawk, go to by clicking here.

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