Wood ducks slowly returning to area

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The Marion County Audubon Society results from the May 12 birdwalk at Tuscawilla Park led by Josie Muncy revealed 21 species in the 53-minute tour that covered .89 miles.

MCAS President John Schaefer said it was interesting to note the increase in the number of wood ducks, which were absent the first part of the winter following hurricane Irma, and gradually returned in increased numbers.

Wood ducks are exceptionally beautiful looking birds.

10 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

10 Muscovy Duck (Established Feral) 21 Wood Duck

10 Mallard (Domestic type)

1 Double-crested Cormorant 4 Anhinga

2 Turkey Vulture

4 Mourning Dove

2 Red-bellied Woodpecker

10 Blue Jay

2 American Crow

2 Carolina Chickadee

2 Tufted Titmouse

1 Carolina Wren

5 Eastern Bluebird

1 Brown Thrasher

1 Northern Mockingbird

1 Northern Cardinal

2 Red-winged Blackbird

2 Common Grackle

5 Boat-tailed Grackle

6 House Sparrow