This charming little diving duck was spotted several days ago in Rockport Harbor with a group of Mallards. About two thirds the size of the male Mallards, the striking pattern of the male Hooded Merganser made it easily spotted in the flock. A fun fact about Hooded Mergansers is that they can find their prey underwater by changing the refractive properties of their eyes. Additionally, they have an extra pair of eyelids that are both transparent and protective, functioning like a pair of goggles.
I hope to see you at the “Beautiful Birds of Cape Ann” program on Thursday night at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!