Hooded Merganser, Tilden


The male Hooded Merganser continued yesterday at dusk on Jewel Lake (Tilden RP, accessible from the Nature Area for those new to the area). There were 2 females as well, all seen in the SW corner of the lake trying to hide among the rather large numbers of Mallards for this time of year. I had never seen a male before and it's a beautiful bird! Maybe these are the same females as in years past and one of them was enable to entice this fellow for winter companionship.

Male Bufflehead and 2 Pie-Billed Grebes as well.

Jay Dodge

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