Silent Waters has great Wood Duck habitat because it was flooded a few years back, killing off the trees that once marked the shoreline. There is also some buttonbush growing out in the water, and providing good cover for wildlife.
Silent Waters (formerly Shelton Reservoir #1) was home to a family of Wood Ducks this afternoon, including the immature male in the photo below (wish I had a proper camera at times like these). Many people consider these to be the most beautiful of all the ducks, but they can be elusive because they live in brushy water holes and nest in tree cavities. Today while standing on the Rec Path bridge I could hear them in the brush and dead trees well out in the water. The one in the photo finally left the commotion and swam away.