At the last minute I changed the photograph used in this morning’s post, and forgot to revise the description of their genders. The male Hooded Merganser is leading (to the left in the photo) and the less colorful female is to the right. My apologies for the confusion!
Keep your eye out for increasing numbers of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) on open lakes, ponds and rivers. Although these birds can be found in most of New England year-round (some overwinter as far north as ice permits), much of the population overwinters in the Southeast. Hooded Merganser migration northwards begins particularly early in the spring — they often arrive on breeding grounds within days of ice out. (Photo: Hooded Merganser pair, female in foreground)
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