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!
January 8, 2013