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Hooded Merganser Numbers Increasing

10-23-17 hooded mergs 011The number of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) is beginning to build as their fall migration from eastern Canada breeding grounds to southeastern U.S. gets under way. Late migrants, Hooded Mergansers won’t reach the peak of their migration until mid-November. They will not completely vanish from sight, however, as many Hooded Mergansers remain in New England on open marshes, ponds, rivers and creeks where they can find fish and crustaceans to feed on throughout the winter.

6 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Looks like they are hopping on the water surface before take off.

    October 23, 2017 at 8:23 am

  2. Phil Fitzpatrick

    Hooded merganzers are common in the Adirondacks near Paul Smiths. The sad part is watching the number of ducklings trailing the mother decrease as predators find a meal. More than once I have heard the brider’s trick question asking where the males have gone to ( after their breeding plumage changes).

    October 23, 2017 at 8:36 am

  3. Bill On The Hill...

    I agree Alice Pratt!
    I think mergansers are my favorite in the duck family, then again the male wood duck is really something to behold as well. Now that I think about it for a moment, the common mallard is a thing of beauty too!
    I think what I am trying to say is, I love ducks…
    Thank you Mary,
    Bill Farr @ WGF Studio53…

    October 23, 2017 at 8:37 am

  4. Alice Pratt

    🤗 quack! Mr. Mallard’s two tail curls are so handsome! And their orange webbed feet.

    October 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

  5. shielaswett

    Mary, look what I spotted on our Sharon pond yesterday! Could they be Hooded Merganzers? Hard to tell, but… Thanks for today’s informative blog, which got me wondering… I wonder if they are still there?? Hmmm… cheers, Shiela

    October 23, 2017 at 9:28 am

    • Email me a photo, Shiela. WordPress doesn’t show them to me!

      October 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

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