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Hooded Merganser

5-24-13 hooded merganser2  030Yesterday’s mystery duckling was a Hooded Merganser. Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser ducklings are very similar, however Wood Duck young possess a dark, horizontal line behind their eyes which Hooded Merganser ducklings lack. There are several ducks that nest in tree cavities in New England, including Wood Ducks, Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers and Hooded Mergansers. Hooded Merganser ducklings leave their nest cavity within 24 hours of hatching, in response to their mother’s calls below. They jump/climb up the wall of the cavity and hurl themselves out of the tree. Depending on where the tree is located, they fall either onto the ground, where they bounce like a tennis ball upon landing, or straight into the water. Hooded Merganser fledglings have been known to fall as far as 50 feet to the ground and then walk as far as half a mile with their mother to the nearest body of water.

4 responses

  1. Sue Flint

    So enjoyed you and your wonderful enthusiasm for nature last night. Thank YOU!

    May 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    • What a great group of people in the Five Rivers Conservation Trust, Sue. I had a wonderful evening, and hope everyone else did, as well!

      May 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  2. Bill Bayreuther

    Thanks for setting me straight on this!


    Bill Bayreuther, CFRE

    138 South Road, Readfield, ME 04355


    Multi-state Licensed/Registered Professional Fund Raising Counsel

    May 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  3. Sue Flint

    Google ‘squirrel carrying baby’! It is a uTube video. Sue Flint

    May 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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