We’ve got a shot

Posted April 6th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comments (2).

On the very same day I received the photo below from an acquaintance in Minnesota, I 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 I 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. 

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?

2 Responses to “We’ve got a shot”

  1. buffalogal

    I love the owl picture….what kind is it? Put it in a blog please! It reminds me of a kitten face!

  2. kcorliss

    Hey buffalogal, thanks for the comment.
    The photo is of a spotted owl I took a couple years ago in Arizona. How do you like those haunting black eyes? I’ll have to take your suggestion and post it one of these days.