mergansers running on water
Don, thank you so much for featuring this image in "A Birding Group - Wings"! L/Tweet. Common mergansers ride low in the water. You can find common mergansers right in Westborough at the right times of year, but you might also notice them if you travel in other parts of the world, including Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, and parts of China, Japan, and Korea. For this reason, they can serve as indicators of the health of North American waters. As fish eaters, common mergansers are the “top predators” in the food chain of who-eats-whom in lakes and streams. I find the female Common Merganser to be just as beautiful as the male. The hooded merganser is a diving duck that prefers running water, freshwater, and woods. Similarly, they can be seen in the Marsh Aviary exhibit in the Maryland Wilderness at the Maryland Zoo. Fish are slippery prey, but common mergansers are well equipped. Like most ducks we see, male and female common mergansers (Mergus merganser) look different. 20% off all wall art! Photo taken in Waterton Canyon, Littleton, Colorado, on September 23rd, 2017 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Keywords and tags for this photo include common mergansers, mergansers, running, flying, in flight, female, ducks, waterfowl, water, fowl, river, stream, pond, lake, wings, avian, birds, wildlife, colorado, taking off, mergus merganser, greater mergansers, judi dressler, photograph, photo, photography, waterton canyon, and littleton. Spring is officially here when you can find ducks of all kind coming back to the area. As frigid weather sweeps toward us in December, common mergansers are the last ducks to stop over on Westborough’s ponds and lakes, just before the waters ice over. Hooded mergansers do not eat much plant material. They spend most of their time on the water and even sleep there at night. A group of them took off as we approached the stream running through a canyon; I love how they run over the water as they're taking off! They’re more comfortable on water than on land because their feet are positioned far back on their body, near the tail, making it awkward to balance when they stand. During courtship, the male hooded merganser makes a distinctive, rolling, frog-like crrroooooo call that can be heard from a distance. Common Mergansers are found throughout the northern hemisphere, and in winter can be seen in large flocks, sometimes of thousands of birds. Merganser running on the water is a photograph by Judi Dressler which was uploaded on September 28th, 2017. While out running errands, I stopped at a nearby beach front and … They also eat other prey, including insects, frogs, mussels, and snails. Then the hunt continues, with the mergansers sometimes swimming with neck outstretched and head underwater, as they look below for fish. Excellent and difficult capture Judi, you nailed it!!! Special program information for teachers and instructors. Unlike dabbling ducks, Hooded Mergansers swim low in the water. The state owns the shoreline, which is technically part of Quinsigamond State Park. All products are produced on-demand and shipped worldwide within 2 - 3 business days. CAD ($) These bills have earned them the nickname “sawbill.” To help them digest fish, bones and all, common mergansers have gizzards containing about a teaspoonful of gravel. Likes + Favorites. These ducks – and others –tend to spend most of their time far out in the middle of our lakes, but they may feed closer to shore in shallower water. In winter, it seeks forested wetlands, brackish estuaries and tidal creeks. The females are light gray, with a reddish brown head, white chin patch, and red-orange bill and feet. Hooded Mergansers will take to nest boxes or barrels, either on the ground or raised. The females are less showy, all the better to avoid notice while they sit on a nest or tend young. From Cornell Labs website: " In summer, look for them leading ducklings from eddy to eddy along streams or standing on a flat rock in the middle of the current. After 8 days, they can do their own diving. Offer ends tonight at midnight EST. As I swam, there were small feathers on the surface of the lake, and still the shadows of mergansers as I moved through the water. Great action photography Judi. F/L. Instead, their large feet are well placed for diving and swimming under water. And with the rivers flowing a steady stream of ducks seem to be arriving daily. They catch prey by diving underwater and are well-adapted to see and catch fish underwater. 8–12 white eggs are incubated for 32 to 33 days by the female alone. Tax ID# 52-0996352. Great details too. Facebook - Opens in new window Finally the rivers are beginning to open up more even though the larger bodies of water are still snow covered. Before leaving Stratford in the morning we noted 8 Common Mergansers, all female, on … You’ll see plenty of mallards. Dives typically last about 30 seconds and go 6-12 feet deep, but these ducks can stay under for 2 minutes and dive 19 feet down. Their legs are far back on their bodies, which helps in diving but makes them awkward on land. By Annie ReidWestborough Community Land Trust. Hooded mergansers leave inland lakes and ponds in the fall and migrate to the east and west coasts of the U.S. They’re one of several kinds of ducks that pass through on their way south, already bright in breeding plumage. During the winter, they can be seen in the Chesapeake Bay region, seeking freshwater wherever possible. Johnsgard, Paul A.  Waterfowl of North America. They also need clear water for hunting by sight, so changes that cloud the water are not good for them. Common mergansers ride low in the water. For a good look at common mergansers, binoculars are helpful. They nest in tree holes and rock crevices along wooded lakes and streams, but they’ll also sometimes nest on the ground. They take flight by running across the water, flying with fast wingbeats and never gliding until they are about to land (by skidding to a stop on the water). They fly fast and straight, often using their feet to give themselves a running start on the water when they take to the air., While the overall population of hooded mergansers in North America appears stable, the number wintering in the Chesapeake region has been dropping recently. USD ($), Copyright © 2020 - All Rights Reserved. The ideal size for the entrance hole is 8cm. During breeding season, it is found on clear-water streams, ponds, and lakes. The first flock of 50-60 common mergansers has already been sighted on Lake Chauncy. Amazing timely capture. All Rights Reserved . If a diving merganser is lucky, it will come up with a fish and work to swallow it quickly, before one of its fellows can steal the prize away. They’ll dive to the bottom and poke around in the mud or gravel there, and pick prey off the bottom. These ducks are relatively long, about 25 inches long – a couple of inches more than the mallards we’re used to seeing everywhere. In Westborough, hunting is not allowed (except by permission of the landowner), but the state permits hunting at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Westboro Management Area (though not on Sundays). Today only! Because of the protection afforded by nest cavities, egg survival seems to be quite high with hooded mergansers but ducklings are more vulnerable to predation once out of the nest. A group of them took off as we approached the stream running through a... more. Both Common And Hooded Mergansers find some open water on ice covered lake while migrating North. GBP (£) The hooded merganser is an exclusively North American duck. Instagram - Opens in new window Sometimes they will nest some distance from the water, but generally they really like boxes over the water. They fly fast and straight, often using their feet to give themselves a running start on the water when they take to the air. The photograph may be purchased as wall art, home decor, apparel, phone cases, greeting cards, and more. North American common mergansers are slightly smaller than those found elsewhere. In winter, it seeks forested wetlands, brackish estuaries and tidal creeks. Their bills have serrated edges that work well in gripping fish. Congratulations Judi, your work is Featured in "A Birding Group - Wings"! The hooded merganser is a diving duck that prefers running water, freshwater, and woods. JPY (¥) If acid rain changes the nature of the water and the fish that can live in it, common mergansers will be affected. You might also spot them in smaller groups of half a dozen or so. THE ZOO IS  OPEN! Common mergansers apparently aren’t especially good to eat so they are not prized by duck hunters, but they do get shot. After 1-2 days, they leave the nest and can swim and feed themselves. Common mergansers typically have 9-12 ducklings, which are covered with down and have their eyes open when they hatch. NY:  Harper & Row, 1984, pp. Carnivore - Mostly fish, aquatic insects, crawfish, some plant material. AUD ($) Their diet is made up mostly of small fish, crawfish, and aquatic insects. The last day of August, water green with cedar light, a few feathers drifting, my arms muscular from a summer of swimming, and feet accustomed to … Looking up for the boat wake I assumed had caused it, I instead found a bunch of merganser kids scooting–running–on top of the water; doing group wind sprints for twenty-five feet or so and then swimming normally for about ten seconds before sprinting en masse again. Sign up for our newsletter for exclusive deals, discount codes, and more. They lay clutches of 6-15 eggs and incubate them for 29-37 days. They sometimes ride on the mother’s back and even manage to stay there during a dive. During breeding season, it is found on clear-water streams, ponds, and lakes. One reason is duck hunting season, which occurs in late fall and early winter. Click to review guidelines & reserve tickets. If you spot some common mergansers, have some fun watching them dive.


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