On the very same day IÂ received the photo below from an acquaintance in Minnesota, IÂ flushed a pair of hooded mergansers from the Sheyenne River in a West Fargo park. This is a duck species which has always intrigued me. It’s a stunning (at least the male) carnivorous duck which nests in cavities much like wood ducks. And we all know how wood ducks have expanded their range in North Dakota over the last few decades. Might the hooded merganser be doing it too?
I will admit to a certain level of jealousy when IÂ hear the folks in the Minot area brag of the number of hooded merg nests. But maybe, just maybe, the pair I saw in the Sheyenne River were scouting for a nest site.Â
By the way, did you know that of the world’s six species of merganser, the hooded is the only one confined to North America?