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wood duck


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wood duck showy North American duck that nests in hollow trees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wood duck (Zoöl) A very beautiful American duck (Aix sponsa). The male has a large crest, and its plumage is varied with green, purple, black, white, and red. It builds its nest in trees, whence the name. Called also bridal duck summer duck, and wood widgeon.
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In literature:

I was sitting very still in the bushes on the bank, one day in spring, watching for a wood duck.
"Secret of the Woods" by William J. Long
But come, I will show you a spring known only to myself, the wood ducks, and the squirrels.
"In the Carquinez Woods" by Bret Harte
Afterward, Mrs. Wood showed us some ducks that she had shut up in a yard.
"Beautiful Joe" by Marshall Saunders
As I stood there, half-leg deep, picking them up, a wood duck came flying down the creek and passed over my head.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
A flight of wild duck were put out from a pool in the wood, and for a few minutes every one was busy.
"The Great Impersonation" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Pretty soon, well, not so very long, you know, the three duck children came to the woods.
"Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble" by Howard R. Garis
Angus said hed been crawlin around the woods tryin to find somebody till he saw me duck behind a bush.
""Same old Bill, eh Mable!"" by Edward Streeter
Duck, wood, 147, 148.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
This place was as wild as the thickest part of the wood, and on that account a Duck had chosen to make her nest there.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
But when he saw Spot duck into the woods he turned back sadly towards the house.
"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly" by Arthur Scott Bailey
We ducked again with startled celerity just before reaching the wood.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
They're a handsome duck, Bobby; but the most beautiful thing in feathers is the wood-duck.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
One day when the father went out to gather wood, he found seven wild duck eggs.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
We should probably think this the most beautiful of ducks, were the Wood Duck not around.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
In a basin, just below a little fall of this brook, two or three wood-ducks were ploughing round and round.
"The Puddleford Papers," by H. H. Riley
Nothing was in sight except four wood ducks.
"Hunting in Many Lands" by Various
With the exception of the wood duck, all ducks nest on the ground.
"Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
The wood-duck is, according to strict scientific classification, a diminutive goose.
"Australian Pictures" by Howard Willoughby
We have seen more Geese than usual as well as Mallards and Wood Ducks.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
Among birds the woodcock, peacock and numerous species of duck inhabit the woods and marshes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

As frozen pond, the end of food,
Drives the southward duck to flying.
Though I return in autumn wood
I can find nothing but its crying.
"Return in Autumn" by Paul Engle
'All game phrases fit your ring of a cockfight:
I'll comb the snared woods with a glove on a lamp,
Peck, sprint, dance on fountains and duck time
Before I rush in a crouch the ghost with a hammer, air,
Strike light, and bloody a loud room.
"'If my head hurt a hair's foot'" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Bennett said Big Lake typically bands more wood ducks than other refuges in the state but this year the numbers fell short.
A wood duck banding project was recently completed at Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
I have learned to put aside my dislike for motorized hunting gear and bring them with me, especially when the quarry is wood ducks, which rarely decoy well to conventional floating decoys, and for doves.
Yesterday, Tyler began his first mount of a Wood duck he had harvested last year.
Roger Reynolds displays a cock/male wood duck shot October 2009.
Green Wing Day 2010- Wood Duck Box assembled.
Status of the Wood Duck .
Where I was raised the saying goes: A glass eye in a wood duck's butt could see that coming.
The land needs to be a good habitat for wood duck nest boxes, which would be implemented this winter.
Populations of Wood Ducks hit a serious decline in the late 19th century because of habitat loss and ladies' hat makers in Europe who desired the beautiful feathers .
Tennessee's wood duck/teal season will be Sept 8-12.
The regal Canada goose, along with the wood duck and a few others, is a resident waterfowl species we can observe year round.
The Par­rott boys did have a decent open­ing week­end har­vest­ing a lot of wood ducks with some mal­lards and gad­wall thrown in.
Paul Newman of Melbourne, Australia, just built a Wood Duck 12 Kayak from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit.
It was, we learned later, typical of wood ducks, as the powder-puff balls of fuzz ­ as many as a dozen or more of them ­ flutter down to the ground.