Woody Woodpecker????

I mean really.  I know the photo is not clear but I just had to show you what or WHOM I found enjoying our very cold, Northeast waterways!  These Hooded Mergansers have been hanging around a spot on the river daily.  Yet it is almost Spring and I thought they should be heading to their breeding grounds much further North unless, due to climate change, they  plan on taking up residence here. 

seeing, saying, sharing...

Woody Woodpecker???


P.S.  Thanks to comments, I learned that these are "REGULAR" MERGANSERS NOT "HOODIES."

Comments

Ginny Hartzler said…
They are a rare sight around here! I think the weird weather and global warming has really confused the bird migrations.
Ann said…
Perhaps travel plans for them have just been postponed. They're enjoying the area too much to move on just yet.
MadSnapper said…
they are new to me... and i did not know that birds fly NORTH from North
What a treat! I'm wondering if those are common mergansers. I don't get to see a lot of ducks because the lakes around here are just too deep for most of them to feed properly, certainly none of the dabblers. I'm getting the itch to be out birding!
eileeninmd said…
Hello JP,

I agree with the comment above, they look like the Common Merganser. They are beautiful, the male has a pretty green head. I love their punky hairdo's. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead. PS, thanks also for leaving me a comment.
Phil Slade said…
Just to confuse the issue even more. In England we call this bird Goosander - The common merganser (North American) or goosander (Eurasian). Latin name Mergus merganser.
Debbie said…
it is always fun to find an unfamiliar duck or bird. i like all of the mergansers, and see most of them around here!!
I saw some female mergansers that looked like this, at the reservoir this week. But I couldn't tell if they were the Common Merganser or the Red-breasted Merganser.

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