Every time I see a Hooded Merganser on the pond, it makes me smile. They always look like a duck with a punk haircut. Hooded Mergansers like to hang out in wooded lakes and ponds, so I guess that is what attracts them to my pond. They nest in hollow trees or logs and decades ago I put some duck nest boxes up in several trees by the pond for the Wood Ducks, and the mergansers find them suitable as well. I hope this female will use one again this year.
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