On my most recent walk upriver I noticed the mergansers are present in the valley. I got some marginal images of the hooded mergansers on the lake. Both females and males were there. But the photos were too distant to be worth sharing. Fun to see them back!
This female common merganser was sitting mid-stream, preening and tucking her beak to nap in the midst of the rushing waters on her peaceful island. A male in mating plumage flew downriver over her rocky refuge, but they seemed to take no notice of each other yet. Soon…I hope. Spring must be around the corner.
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They’re SO much fun to watch, aren’t they? You’re lucky to have them nearby.
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I do feel spoiled having the water birds on my doorstep. Planning to get our for a walk before dark this evening. I noticed the songbirds were calling this morning for the first time this Spring, so maybe I’ll find some active water birds looking for mates tonight too.