SPRING FALL: Now is the time when baby ducks may be seen plummeting to the ground from nests high up in trees.
SPRING FALL: Now is the time when baby ducks may be seen plummeting to the ground from nests high up in trees. Leo Berzins

Beware! It's raining ducks on the Coast

HEARD of the drop bear? Well, the Sunshine Coast is facing an even more serious challenge from the drop duck.

And no, it is not a joke. The wood duck will be falling from trees across the region at the moment.

The CEO of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, Susanna Bradshaw, urged people to take the call to "duck" seriously.

"During early spring and particularly after a lot of rain, mother wood duck starts setting up her home in a tree hollow high above the ground where she will lay around 10 eggs," Ms Bradshaw said.

"When the ducklings are ready to leave the nest, the only way out is by jumping and plummeting several metres to the ground.

"But don't worry if you see fluffy little chicks falling from the sky as this is very normal for wood duck babies and they will just bounce and waddle off as if nothing happened."

Wood ducks are found all across the Sunshine Coast and can set up home near backyard pools.

"Wood ducks aren't always as well liked as some other visitors as they sometimes get in trouble for pooing in backyards, particularly around swimming pools, and nibbling on lawns," Ms Bradshaw said.

"Their presence doesn't have to be looked down upon. They're helping by eating up your weeds and insects while 'fertilising' your garden at the same time."

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