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Hooded Mergansers On Open Water

1-29-18 hooded mergansers2 049A2217While many of New England’s Hooded Mergansers migrate and spend the winter on the coast, they can also be found inland this far north if there is open water and a good supply of slow-moving fish, insects and crayfish. Look for this elegant duck on small open bodies of freshwater, including ponds and rivers. The males have bold black and white markings including a striking crest, or “hood.” The females are more subtly colored, but in the right light, their golden cinnamon crests can rival the males.’

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6 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    A gorgeous pair!

    February 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

  2. Thanks for the reminder that they may still be around!

    February 5, 2018 at 9:40 am

  3. Alan Keitt

    Hi Mary,
    I looked out on a flock of 20 Hooded Mergansers from my window during the middle two weeks of January. They were in a retention pond at our Retirement Community in Gainesville FL. We are midway between Ocean and Gulf. They joined a mixed coterie of herons and ibises in the shallow margin of the pond in a real feeding frenzy. I had not seen them working so closely with waders before.

    February 5, 2018 at 11:21 am

    • Alaln, oh how I envy you your birding! Hope you and Ruth are doing well and enjoying the lack of snow/shoveling/plowing/wood stove stoking, etc.! Did you hear there was a snowy at Vermont Technical College? Spectacular views of it hunting, preening, etc.

      February 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm

  4. Bill On The Hill...

    A handsome pair of birds Mary and a sure sign spring is just around the corner?
    Bill Farr… 🙂

    February 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

  5. Cheron barton

    A favorite!! Soo striking… & identifiable 😁👍🏼

    Sent from my iPhone


    February 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm

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