Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Courting Waterfowl - Red-breasted Merganser

I finally got to the Massachusetts coast for a day of birding around Cape Ann. Highlight was definitely the courting Red-breasted Mergansers and Buffleheads. (Also saw some Common Goldeneyes, but they were at a distance.) Waterfowl do their pairing on wintering grounds, for the most part, but the girls seems finicky; I have seen it throughout the winter months. Nevertheless, fun to watch.

First the Red-breasted Mergansers, who occasionally seemed paired, but don't believe it. The boys are all busy boasting their prowess.

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Nest post in a couple of days with the Bufflehead antics. Good birding.

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