Friday, October 05, 2007

juvenile Hooded Mergansers


These two juvenile Hooded Mergansers, sighted on October 1st, were seen in a pond where I have often seen adults of this species earlier this spring and summer.

2 comments:

local birder said...

Hi Freddie: I think they are juvenile Hoodies. Bev

me and my camera said...

Hi Bev,
Great suggestion! I did an image search for juvenile Hooded Mergansers and found some photos that are good matches to those I posted today. I was concerned that a brown head didn't quite fit the Gadwall characteristics, but the Hoodies have both a brown head and orange on their bills. Also I have seen adult Hooded Mergansers pairs in the same pond at differt time this spring and summer and last year also. I really appreciate your input. Thanks so much.