Mergansers Are Back

I saw the first hooded merganser of the season on Saturday, 2 November here in our wetlands. It was a single male. Today, three days later, there are seven of the fish eating, diving waterfowl. Besides fish, hooded mergansers eat aquatic insects, amphibians, crustaceans (that includes the invasive, dreaded, red swamp crayfish), mollusks and even some vegetation. Here in our wetlands the mergs typically arrive by mid November, with an occasional visitor in the latter part of October being theRead more

Mergs return!

After an absence of several weeks, two Hooded Mergansers were in the Wetlands this morning (11/31/10). The Wetlands is still mostly frozen over, but the mergansers perhaps know that the forecasted temps in the 50s and 60s today and tomorrow will thaw it out completely. Welcome back.Read more