When news of the appearance of Seaton Carew's hooded merganser
broke, I was queuing for lunch at RSPB Saltholme.
An 8-year-old male hooded merganser
(Lophodytes cucullatus) was presented to the veterinary hospital at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for abnormal ambulation while in its enclosure.
Visitors might spot: snow geese, tundra swans, canvasbacks, ring-necked ducks, redhead ducks, hooded mergansers
, American wigeon and common goldeneye.
This opening-day hunt resulted in two shots from my 16-gauge Westerfield, which collected a hooded merganser
and a hen green-winged teal.
Meanwhile, the program also proved a benefit to the even rarer species of hooded mergansers
. While checking the first boxes in 1947, state biologists uncovered a single hooded merganser
nest at a national refuge in Concord, among the first to be recorded for the species in the state in the 20th century, according to Heusmann.
A hooded merganser
, which is a North American sawbill duck, drew lots of birders to Seaton though the arguments still continue today whether it was a genuine wild bird or an escapee.
Wildlife viewing and birdwatching exist throughout the year, and an accessible wildlife viewing platform is located on the bog, serving as a great spot to see Canada geese, mallard, wood duck, hooded merganser
, pied-billed grebe, belted kingfisher, killdeer, green heron, and great blue heron.
The birds on display in the cabinet include tufted duck; velvet scoter; Steller's eider; bufflehead; hooded merganser
; common pochard; red-crested pochard; Eurasian wigeon; red-breasted merganser; common merganser; American wood duck; smew; ruddy shelduck; common shelduck; surf scoter; northern pintail; brown teal; common eider; harlequin duck, Eurasian teal and garganey.
com> Wood Duck, Mandarin, Green Wing Teal, Blue Wing Teal, Falcated Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Baikal Teal, Garganey Teal, Pintail, RedHead, White Redhead, Silver Redhead, Goldeneyes, Hooded Merganser
, Ring Teal, Mallards, Smews, Tufted, Greater Scaup, Ring Neck, Ruddy, Canvasback, Common Merganser, Red Breasted Geese, Emperor Geese.
affinis), Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Hooded Merganser
(Lophodytes cucullatus), Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Surf Scoter (Mehnitta perspicillata), White-winged Scoter (M.
; PC2001 = 2.74%, PC2013 = 25.61%, [G.sub.1] = 21.3, P < 0.001) and Wood Duck (PC2001 = 2.06%, PC2013 = 20.73%, [G.sub.1] = 17.8, P < 0.001).
From 2009 to 2014, 17 birds, hatched in Free Flight before identification of this issue, were transferred to other institutions based on Species Survival Plan recommendations, including Bali mynah, black-necked stilt, blue-grey tanager, red-crested wood partridge, green-naped pheasant pigeon, golden-breasted starling, hooded merganser
, Nicobar pigeon, ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), and sunbittern.
A hooded merganser
dove under the water as we approached.
Things get more competitive as Jim Jones and Rob Owens carry out their yearlong battle for the "Coveted Hooded Merganser
clypeata 4 Wood duck ([double dagger]) Aix sponsa 104 Common goldeneye ([section]) Bucephala clangula 18 Canvasback ([section]) Aythya valisinena 19 Hooded merganser
([section]) Lophodytes cucullatus 26 Lesser scaup ([section]) Aythya affinis 1 Redhead ([section]) Aythya americana 223 Ring-necked duck ([section]) Aythya collaris 51 Ruddy duck ([parallel]) Oxyura jamaicensis 2 No.