Wood Duck (Carolina Wood Duck) Aix sponsa

This species is popular in collections and escapes frequently. Though it has not yet become established in the UK like Mandarins have, breeding attempts do take place occasionally. Wild vagrants from North America might occur occasionally and one or two individuals in the west of the country or Northern Isles have been mooted as potential vagrants, but with so many escaped birds on the loose anyone would have a hard job persuading any records committee to take one seriously.

The first pair of photos below show an escaped individual (apparently known to have escaped, though some have optimistically suggested it might be a wild vagrant):

click for larger image click for larger image

escaped male Wood Duck, Porthloo Duckpond, St Mary's (Scilly, UK), 3rd October 2007

 

The next ones are wild birds photographed in their natural range in North America:

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image  

Wood Ducks, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (BC, Canada), 8th September 2006

 

This one is (presumably) an escaped bird:

click for larger image click for larger image

presumed escaped eclipse male Wood Duck, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 13th September 2008

 

click for larger image click for larger image

presumed escaped male Wood Duck, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 16th August 2008

 

click for larger image click for larger image

presumed escaped male Wood Duck, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 18th October (left) and 9th August 2008 (right)

 

This one has probably escaped too, or been deliberately releasd (many ducks are released for shooting in this area, but mainly native species):

click for larger image click for larger image

escaped or released male Wood Duck, Leathes Ham, Lowestoft (Suffolk, UK), 8th April 2012

 

And finally some that are still in captivity where most birds resemble their wild ancestors but many are selectively bred to show a variety of colour mutations, the most common being paler than normal (sometimes known as 'blond').

click for larger image click for larger image

captive male Wood Duck, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 15th October 2011

 

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image

captive Wood Ducks, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 23rd December 2015

 

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image

captive male and female Wood Ducks, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 28th February 2009

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive Wood Duck, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 28th February 2009

 

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image  

captive male Wood Ducks, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 4th December 2010

 

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image

captive Wood Ducks, Grange-over-Sands (Cumbria, UK), 27th December 2012

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive female Wood Duck, Grange-over-Sands (Cumbria, UK), 28th December 2011

 

captive Wood Duck, Martin Mere (Lancashire, UK), 26th December 2014