Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hooded Merganser

Last Wednesday, Hooded Mergansers were common on Wells Lake near Fairbault. Most Minnesota birds winter along the Mississippi Flyway and eastern Texas. Because many Hooded Mergansers winter as far north as the lack of ice permits, this duck is one of the first species to appear after ice-out. In many years, they arrive within a few days of open water. I have previously blogged on Hooded Merganser biology, but I thought this photo deserved an additional post.

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