INVASION OF THE RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS!

Not really, although it is wonderful to see a flock of so many. Red-breasted Mergansers are a diving duck found readily on our shores. They are funny to watch as they seem to get into spats and chase each other around. I read that a group can sometimes appear to be cooperatively hunting. They will line up and drive schools of small fish into shallow water and scoop the fish up without having to dive, which seems precisely what they were doing when I took these photos.

Red-breasted Merganser -2 ©Kim Smith 2016

 

Red-breasted mergansers ©Kim Smith 2015Red-breasted Mergansers on a sunnier day

Feeding amongst the mergansers, a pair of Horned Grebes, a Common Loon, and a Common Goldeneye can all be seen, although both these “commoners” don’t seem at all common to me.

 

SEE PHOTOS OF COMMON GOLDENEYE, HORNED GREBE, AND COMMON LOON HERE

 


The ducks were fairly far offshore, so please forgive the heavily cropped images; posted only for identification purposes.

Common loon ©Kim Smith 2016Common Loon

Horned Grebe winter Red-breasted mergansers ©Kim Smith 2016Horned Grebes in the foreground

Common Goldeneye Male ©Kim Smith 2016The Common Goldeneye looks very similar to the Bufflehead. Note the big marshmallow on his cheek and mostly white-feathered body.

Red-breasted Merganser ©Kim Smith 2016

 

 

3 thoughts on “INVASION OF THE RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS!

  1. Great shots here Kim and captured them at their best. The weather conditions this year have been weird all the way around! Thanks Dave 🙂 Kim 🙂

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