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Six Hooded Mergansers Visited the Pond Yesterday

Yesterday was a cold day here in beautiful Cumberland County, TN.  I was looking out the living room window and saw a number of ducks on the pond.  I got my camera and using the long lens, I went to the window and snapped a few pictures of the Hooded Mergansers.  Although it was 24 degrees (F.) out with the wind-chill factor at 11 degrees (F.),  I decided to try to walk out to the trees near the pond and hide behind one to take more pictures.  My strategy worked pretty well.  I saw three pairs of Hooded Mergansers.  These small ducks eat fish, amphibians, turtles and insects. One of the hen (female) mergansers was an  expert at getting her supper on a frigid day.  I think maybe the original pair of mergansers here a few days ago were the advance scouts for this flock.    I have enjoyed having these beautiful ducks here.  This morning I awoke to a frozen pond.  Little wonder as the temperatures have been below freezing for two days and three nights.  We are expecting a few days of warmer temperatures before we again see colder weather.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Quick Visit by a Pair of Hooded Merganser Ducks

Happy New Year!  A duo of Hooded Mergansers visited the little farm pond the day before yesterday.  Boy oh boy, did that excite me!  They are quite exquisite ducks!  These are mostly fish, amphibian, and insect-eaters.  They were just here pausing on their way to other bodies of water.  Because ducks seem to get along well with other ducks even if not the same kind, these mergansers did fine with the six or so Mallards that were also on the pond.  The Hooded Mergansers are smaller in size than the mallards.  By the way, the drake or male merganser is the one that has a black and white head.  The Hooded Mergansers have a loose fold of skin and feathers that they can raise or lower at will.  Usually they raise the hood when alarmed or alert but not always.

The mergansers only stayed the one day and night and are now visiting yet another pond lake or river area.  They were fun to see!  I took these pictures from my living room window and from the yard quite a ways from the pond (these ducks get frightened easily).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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