Hooded Merganser – 11/14/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 11/14/10

Observation Time: 9:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Hooded merganser

Scientific Name: Lophodytes cucullatus

Comments: Hooded mergansers are diving ducks. The drake (male) has a spectacular white “hood” on the back of its head, and striking black and white bars on its body, while the female is drab reddish brown.

“A small fish-eating duck of wooded ponds, the Hooded Merganser nests in holes in trees. It is frequently seen on shallow waters where its only waterfowl companion is the Wood Duck.” – All About Birds

More Information: All About Birds

Hooded Merganser