This week’s topic is birds that have white feathers. Here are my 2 picks for this week:
The first one is a male hooded merganser. We typically see these birds in January or February in our neighborhood lakes. They stay briefly then move on – not sure where. According to The Cornell Lab – we should see them year round on the coast of Virginia – but I’ve never seen one in the warmer weather. They seem shy not coming to close to the shore. This one seems to be admiring a branch in the water.
The second one is some sort of mallard hybrid. We have some white ducks, mallards and geese year round. I’m guessing this one is a mallard/white duck mix – perhaps male since the head is green. He/she is very happy to swim with both the white ducks and mallards.
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