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A pair of Hooded Merganser Ducks returned to the little pond yesterday.  These are Winter visitors to this area.  I had a few here last Winter and was wondering when they might come back.  I saw the drake with its large white hood, come out of the reeds and paddle around in the middle of the pond.  The rusty-grey-brown hen stayed in the reeds until almost dark.  These diving ducks eat small fish, turtles, aquatic insects, and on occasion, land insects.  There are plenty of fish in this pond so I think these ducks will be quite happy with enough to spare for ol’ Hank heron, too!  I took these pictures in my yard on Jan. 7, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "The Hooded Merganser Ducks are Here!" (10)

  1. You are getting lots of visitors to your pond, aren’t you? Glad some of the water birds you enjoy seeing are coming back.

    Have a great day.

    • Hi Betsy, Just when I was bemoaning the lack of waterfowl other than Canada Geese and Mallards this Winter, the ducks show up. So happy! Did not see many ducks on St. George when I was there yesterday. Tansi has a bunch of Coots and Buffleheads – I was over there this afternoon. Have a great Wed. tomorrow!

  2. You must live in just the right place to have a nice variety of waterfowl all times of the year.

    • Hi Montucky, I think it is because there are many bodies of water plus open fields around this area. Lots of hardwood forest and not many people. We also are likely on the flyway into Florida and also other Gulf of Mexico-bordering states. Have a great day tomorrow and thanks as always, for your good comments!

  3. The Mergansers are so beautiful, just as pretty as the Wood Ducks.

  4. TexWisGirl said:

    very nice!

  5. The Hoodies are one of my favorite ducks. Great sighting and photos. Have a great evening.

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