Autumn Ducks: Hooded Merganser

Is there a prettier duck than the ‘Hoodie’? A group has just arrived in our little bay, the males posturing and flashing their crests as they compete for females. Buffleheads are here too, right on time – the 3rd week in October for us. And our Widgeon have returned, tumbling in on the winds of the last October storm. Coming home for the winter, I guess, and soon to be grazing on the local park lawns. No sign (yet) of the crimson-headed Eurasian Widgeon that spent last winter here. A squadron of young Surf Scoters has joined the Buffleheads, a bit of a surprise in such shallow water.

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Hooded Merganser Drake

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Surf Scoter Teens

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Competition

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Today’s Champion

 

3 thoughts on “Autumn Ducks: Hooded Merganser”

  1. Great pictures! Hoodies and Woodies are the prettiest of the ducks (with the Harlequin in third). I’m more partial to the Woodies because of their free-falling offspring. So cute to watch! We were lucky to have Hoodies hang out in our creek for a short time early this year — a rarity. Cheers!

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