October 7, 2011
This winter, one of the most dapper of waterfowl may bring color and
vitality to your favorite river, lake or patch of open water. The hooded
merganser, one of the famed “sawbill” ducks, has a widespread winter
range on the North American continent, absent only from the northern
Great Lakes (where it returns early spring) and the central Great
DAPPER DUCK – The male hooded merganser is smartly dressed for a leisurely afternoon swim.
Photo by Brian M. Collins
Not only is it widespread, but this small
diving duck also uses a great variety of aquatic habitats, making it
more likely that its striking feather patterns and zigzag curves will
pass by the lenses of your binoculars.
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