Hooded Mergansers


rfs_berkeley
 

This morning's 2nd Friday walk was on Bay Farm Island; west along the
estuary, then back along Harbor Bay Lagoon. We had lots of ducks but the
highlight was certainly displaying Hooded Merganser.
First we encountered a male, 2 female tri0.  A bit later a pair.
Eventually the trio flew in and joined the pair.  What followed was a
wonderful show with the two males crest flaring, head bobbing, and
vocalizing  in remarkable growls. They sounded almost like egrets!

  Rusty Scalf
  Berkeley

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