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The Wildlife of Wonderful West Virginia: The Wood Ducks

These photos by Cynthia Staley feature some of the most beautiful creatures the Mountain State has to offer.

Wood Ducks

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Wood Ducks

Historically ducks are not usually the heroes of their own stories. They are usually portrayed as daft or senseless, very gullible and easily persuaded to act against their own best interest. Usually by the end of the story, they are eaten. This is probably attributed to their waddling gait and overly curious nature.  However, there are a few tales from the Native Americans, that give the duck more credti than this. There are several omens associated with ducks in lore. Ducks quacking louder or more than usual can signal bad weather. To hear a wild duck quack signals prosperity. If one sees a duck flying away, it means ones troubles will, too. If a duck lays unusually dark eggs, it means something dark is to ascend on the home, and the duck must be killed to break the omen. And finally, if a wild duck comes to visit you, you should make time to visit your family soon.