[CT Birds] Hooded Mergansers

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Fri Apr 2 15:52:09 EDT 2010

Hi Julie,

While Hooded Mergansers remain sparse breeders in CT, they probably can 
breed anywhere with appropriate habitat. Since they are cavity nesters (as 
are Wood Ducks and Common Mergansers, two other members of CT's rather 
sparse list of breeding waterfowl),  breeders may "disappear" for awhile, 
unless they happen to occupy a Wood Duck box that you've been watching.  You 
probably won't know if they've bred unless they show up on the pond later 
with ducklings. It's also not unuusal for some ducks to linger without 

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julie Keefer" <julie.keefer at gmail.com>
To: "'COA Discussion'" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2010 9:17 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] Hooded Mergansers

> We have a pair of Hooded Mergansers on the pond near our house.  I have 
> seen
> a pair there on and off now for a couple of weeks.  Is it possible they 
> will
> stay and breed?  Last year I seem to recall seeing them on the pond in the
> spring but not for this long.  There is also a pair of Canada Geese that
> sound like they are planning to breed there.  This pond is near the 
> Nehantic
> State Forest in Lyme but not in the forest.
> I am also hearing Eastern Phoebes singing more along with the White 
> Throated
> Sparrows, lots of very loud titmice, Red-winged Blackbirds, and other
> normal, common birds that are such a joy to listen to!
> Julie Keefer
> Lyme
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