Hooded Female Merganser

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This little female Merganser was at our local wetland yesterday with her chicks. I had never seen one before but here are a few shots.

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AWWW,,,,,,,the chicks are cute!!! We have had Hooded Mergansers on our little lake all winter but in April they tend to go off somewhere else, and so I don't get to see any new chicks, although a couple of times I did see some frisky male/female action going on which presumably leads to chicks eventually. Which wetlands were these guys hanging out in? I haven't been to Huntley Meadows in a long time now but am thinking of going back there some time this spring or early summer.
 
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AWWW,,,,,,,the chicks are cute!!! We have had Hooded Mergansers on our little lake all winter but in April they tend to go off somewhere else, and so I don't get to see any new chicks, although a couple of times I did see some frisky male/female action going on which presumably leads to chicks eventually. Which wetlands were these guys hanging out in? I haven't been to Huntley Meadows in a long time now but am thinking of going back there some time this spring or early summer.
These pictures were taken at Huntley Meadows. I'd wait a couple of weeks to go there until things warm up a bit.
 
These pictures were taken at Huntley Meadows. I'd wait a couple of weeks to go there until things warm up a bit.

Thanks! I am definitely waiting a while longer until the weather really settles into being consistently warm and such, before I venture forth to Huntley Meadows. I've also got a few other places on my list to visit -- places I haven't been in a long time: Green Spring Gardens, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Daingerfield Island, Brookside Gardens in Maryland....etc., etc. It will be so much fun revisiting these places after a long absence!
 
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