Hooded Merganser Follow-up

  Last week I posted about our visiting hooded mergansers and their pair bond displays out on the Wetlands. There’s another dance, or display, which I also sometimes see here at the Museum. It involves the male swimming zig-zag circles around the female with quick turns to the left, to the right, and back again. The display also includes frequent side to side head shakes, and what I can best describe as nervous twitching, stretching, preening, and other distraction-type behaviors.Read more