I feel doubly blessed with seeing two species of exotic looking ducks on my pond. On my last blog I told about seeing wood ducks, and this morning there was a pair of Hooded Mergansers out there swimming around. Both Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers are tree nesters. I have 5 nesting boxes on trees scattered around the pond, so I have my fingers crossed that they both will find a suitable box for nesting.
Hooded Mergansers are considered “Uncommon” so I feel very fortunate to have them. They always seen like “Punk” ducks with their bizarre hair styles. I have had them nesting here several times before. Below is a photo from several years back of a nesting female coming out of her nest box.