On February 21st, the last day of Cornell Lab of Ornithology Big Backyard Bird Count, we witnessed a pair of Hooded Mergansers on our lake – they were swimming and diving right near our dockboat.
March 1st, they all seem to have paired off and are in smaller groups. We see them diving and swimming around our dockboat and they like to congregate over on the other shore which receives more sun.
March 16th, we haven’t seen any Mergansers in the past week or so. Our neighbor says other groups will stop by – we will keep a watch out for them.
Feb. 28th, there were 12 Hooded Mergansers swimming and feeding in the lake around us. You can count them yourself !
Male Hooded Merganser waits around for his mate to surface, then they swim off together.
Female Hooded Merganser swims around then dives below water and under dockboat. Water is fairly shallow and clear so you can see her swimming underwater.
Small group of Hooded Mergansers diving under dockboat – you can see them underwater just before they go under a boat. They will also go sideways in the water to see what is below before diving.