Welcome Back, Woody!

A Love Letter to the Prince of the Pond

I have loved a wood duck for more than four years. Woody resides at the Pond in Central Park, and his handsomeness and quirky personality bring me daily to see him and give him some peanuts. I put together a video in 2014 showing Woody in all his glory during the month of March. Woody! Woody! Woody! is still a joy to watch, for it shows his many moods.

  Prince Woody, Sept. 16, 2016, back in full feather

Prince Woody, Sept. 16, 2016, back in full feather

In previous years, Woody would leave the Pond for maybe a week or a month, usually in May. This year, Woody left March 5 (or at least, I last saw him on March 4), and did not return. I kept returning to the Pond, but the worry and sadness got stronger and stronger as I didn't see him. I kept myself busy chasing hawks, but I really missed my friend.

But Woody returned!!! I saw him once again on June 16, and my joy was overwhelming. I put together my "love letter video" to Woody, and share it with you now. Woody is shown in full feather before his vacay, and then in the different stages of molting until he is back in full feather once again. It was filmed March 3 through Oct. 3, 2016. I set it to Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, and he is worthy of that masterpiece!

This gallery shows Woody from March 3 through Oct. 2. You can really watch the progression of the molting. When he molts, Woody hides out in the reeds. He can't really fly and the sun must really burn. So I am always happy when he comes to see me, and never get upset that he wants to leave very quickly and return to the reeds. Woody is his own duck, and I respect that.

  Woody! Woody! Woody! happy to see me! Oct. 2, 2016

Woody! Woody! Woody! happy to see me! Oct. 2, 2016