Off to S. Texas for two weeks, birding with my two oldest friends.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This is quite a trio of colorful ducks, the Mergansers. These
saw-billed guys are long-bodied, and ride low in the water. They like
clear, deep lakes and rivers.
I was recently in Duluth, discovering
what a great city it is -- Zillions of places to hike, in and out of the
city. I was walking south along the beach that borders the lakeside
finger of land, known as Park Point. On the other side is a small
harbor, with Superior, Wisconsin bordering the far shore. I was looking
at Duluth in the distance, when up popped a Red Breasted merganser,
The Common Merganser is the largest of the Trio. The Red
Breasted is described by Sibley as being smaller and more "spindly".
It is hard for me to imagine such a thing as a "spindly" duck. The
hooded is the smallest. All three can be seen in Minnesota... especially