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Common Merganser - one pair still on CT River in Middletown

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B. Lynn Hollinger
Mon, Apr 5, 2021 6:26 PM

Common Mergansers, 4.5.21 Mon, On CT River, Middletown CT, Portland side, 140pm. Questions: Is it common to have a Common Merganser mating pair actually NESTING here in CT? Just watched a male + female pair of Common Mergs slowly make their way upriver from the Portland marinas / across from Eastern Drive, Middletown, hugging the bank, heading towards the bend in river. Rarely see them here this late once it warms up. They always arrive only on first real cold snap of the winter season here in Middletown, and stay all winter. If they do have a nest with eggs here, would they both leave the nest to go fishing together? (Maybe she hasn't laid eggs yet.) Would love to see little ones this Spring/Summer. B. Lynn Hollinger Vegan For Life 💚"PEACE BEGINS ON OUR DINNER PLATE"✌️If You Think That It's Wrong To Hurt Animals, You Already Believe In Veganism.Please Eat VEGAN ... For the Animals, For Our Planet, For Your Health.For More Information, Watch FORKS OVER KNIVES, COWSPIRACY, EARTHLINGS (start with Forks Over Knives👍) 💚 www.Earthlings.com

Common Mergansers, 4.5.21 Mon, On CT River, Middletown CT, Portland side, 140pm. Questions: Is it common to have a Common Merganser mating pair actually NESTING here in CT? Just watched a male + female pair of Common Mergs slowly make their way upriver from the Portland marinas / across from Eastern Drive, Middletown, hugging the bank, heading towards the bend in river. Rarely see them here this late once it warms up. They always arrive only on first real cold snap of the winter season here in Middletown, and stay all winter. If they do have a nest with eggs here, would they both leave the nest to go fishing together? (Maybe she hasn't laid eggs yet.) Would love to see little ones this Spring/Summer. B. Lynn Hollinger Vegan For Life 💚"PEACE BEGINS ON OUR DINNER PLATE"✌️If You Think That It's Wrong To Hurt Animals, You Already Believe In Veganism.Please Eat VEGAN ... For the Animals, For Our Planet, For Your Health.For More Information, Watch FORKS OVER KNIVES, COWSPIRACY, EARTHLINGS (start with Forks Over Knives👍) 💚 www.Earthlings.com
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C. S. Wood
Mon, Apr 5, 2021 8:31 PM

Actually, Common Mergs are a somewhat common breeder in western and north central Connecticut.  Broods of ducklings, sometimes more than 20, often merge together with one or more hens.  I expect the current Atlas results will find a larger and more heavily populated breeding area than seen during the 1982-1986 Atlas. The species seems to be doing well, there were flocks of thousands on Lake Waramaug this past Fall.

Chris Wood
Woodbury, CT
203 558-0654

Flickr: C.S.Wood-Photos
Blog:  WoodWarbling

On Apr 5, 2021, at 4:15 PM, B. Lynn Hollinger blynh86@att.net wrote:

Common Mergansers, 4.5.21 Mon, On CT River, Middletown CT, Portland side, 140pm. Questions: Is it common to have a Common Merganser mating pair actually NESTING here in CT? Just watched a male + female pair of Common Mergs slowly make their way upriver from the Portland marinas / across from Eastern Drive, Middletown, hugging the bank, heading towards the bend in river. Rarely see them here this late once it warms up. They always arrive only on first real cold snap of the winter season here in Middletown, and stay all winter. If they do have a nest with eggs here, would they both leave the nest to go fishing together? (Maybe she hasn't laid eggs yet.) Would love to see little ones this Spring/Summer. B. Lynn Hollinger Vegan For Life 💚"PEACE BEGINS ON OUR DINNER PLATE"✌️If You Think That It's Wrong To Hurt Animals, You Already Believe In Veganism.Please Eat VEGAN ... For the Animals, For Our Planet, For Your Health.For More Information, Watch FORKS OVER KNIVES, COWSPIRACY, EARTHLINGS (start with Forks Over Knives👍) 💚 www.Earthlings.com
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Actually, Common Mergs are a somewhat common breeder in western and north central Connecticut. Broods of ducklings, sometimes more than 20, often merge together with one or more hens. I expect the current Atlas results will find a larger and more heavily populated breeding area than seen during the 1982-1986 Atlas. The species seems to be doing well, there were flocks of thousands on Lake Waramaug this past Fall. Chris Wood Woodbury, CT 203 558-0654 Flickr: C.S.Wood-Photos Blog: WoodWarbling > On Apr 5, 2021, at 4:15 PM, B. Lynn Hollinger <blynh86@att.net> wrote: > > Common Mergansers, 4.5.21 Mon, On CT River, Middletown CT, Portland side, 140pm. Questions: Is it common to have a Common Merganser mating pair actually NESTING here in CT? Just watched a male + female pair of Common Mergs slowly make their way upriver from the Portland marinas / across from Eastern Drive, Middletown, hugging the bank, heading towards the bend in river. Rarely see them here this late once it warms up. They always arrive only on first real cold snap of the winter season here in Middletown, and stay all winter. If they do have a nest with eggs here, would they both leave the nest to go fishing together? (Maybe she hasn't laid eggs yet.) Would love to see little ones this Spring/Summer. B. Lynn Hollinger Vegan For Life 💚"PEACE BEGINS ON OUR DINNER PLATE"✌️If You Think That It's Wrong To Hurt Animals, You Already Believe In Veganism.Please Eat VEGAN ... For the Animals, For Our Planet, For Your Health.For More Information, Watch FORKS OVER KNIVES, COWSPIRACY, EARTHLINGS (start with Forks Over Knives👍) 💚 www.Earthlings.com > This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. > For list rules and subscription information visit https://www.ctbirding.org/birds-birding/ct-birds-email-list/