This is the North American Female Common Merganser. They are short to medium distance migrants and all the populations in North America migrate. The coastal birds migrate shorter distances than the interior birds. On our trip to Grand Teton National Park in September, 2019, we had 6 female swim up next to us while we were in our whitewater inflatable kayak. Read more about that day in our Living in the Moment – String Lake Paddle.
Hooded Mergansers are resident to medium distance migrants in North America. Florida gets them in the late winter, but they don’t breed in our state. They can be found in lakes, ponds and saltwater bays mixed in with other small diving ducks such as the Bufflehead and Ruddy Ducks. We spotted this pair on our recent trip to Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida.
This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.