Twelve days ago we had 20 baby Wood Ducks jump from a nest box vimeo.com/69636321. It rained 5" that day, and another 5" since then. The babies don't make their own oil for the first couple of weeks, and have to get it from their mother. I was afraid that with all the rain and 20 babies that she wouldn't be able to keep all sufficiently "lubed" and warm. Jim put on waders and saw her with babies two days ago, but wasn't able to count them. I was out checking a nest box for any sign of fire ants today, and decided to scan the area where Jim saw them -- and there they were!!! I've got lots of video of them disappearing behind trees and brush, but I was able to get a little video out in the open where I was able to count them. I'm ecstatic to report that she has 19--a remarkable number considering the Red-shoulder that is constantly patrolling the pond, not to mention giant soft-shelled turtles, alligators, snakes, Great Blue Herons, just to name a few. There was also a Crow family making strange noises when I was out there, and I suspect they would eat them too if they had a chance.