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Hooded Mergansers Returning

3-11-19 hooded mergansers IMG_3457Keep 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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4 responses

  1. I love watching the Hooded Mergansers during their mating season. The display the male puts on for the female is always so beautiful to watch. He really does try hard to impress her.

    March 11, 2019 at 8:30 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    Beautiful birds! (I think the ‘fe’ should be taken off)

    March 11, 2019 at 8:43 am

  3. Bill on the hill

    …That is a handsome pair of mergansers Mary. Lovely reflection & you managed to catch the eye too, despite the ripples!
    Bill…

    March 11, 2019 at 8:45 am

  4. Janet Crystal

    Male on left; female on right. Male in the foreground.

    March 11, 2019 at 9:13 am

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