These are Wood Ducks.
When I first arrived back in NJ, I heard them before I saw them.
When I saw them, I almost fell over:
a pair of Wood Ducks had flown overhead and landed in a tree.
Ducks in a tree.
When Kylie and I walk by the river, we see and hear them.
Their cry is very plaintive and slightly eerie.
They're very skittish and I consider myself fortunate to have come across
a mom with 3 chicks, along with the drake
and they didn't scatter.
Cornell University has a wonderful website about all birds.
They include the sounds the birds make.
Click here to hear the Wood Duck.