Monday, January 26, 2009

#5 Hooded Merganser vs. #12 Least Bittern

Hooded Merganser

  • The Hooded Merganser is the only merganser that lives exclusively in North America

  • Sometimes, more than one female with lay eggs in the same nest.

  • Hooded Mergansers have a third eyelid called the nictating membrane, that is clear and protects the eye while looking for food underwater.

  • Hooded Mergansers are very awkward on land due to their legs being set so far back on their bodies.

  • Hooded Mergansers are the smallest merganser in North America.

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Least Bittern

  • When scared, the Least Bittern freezes in place and sometimes sways to mick the reeds that it is hiding in.

  • Least Bitterns can feed in areas that are to deep for other waders because they can straddle the reeds while feeding.

  • There are five subspecies of Least Bittern.

  • Both parents feed the young by regurgitating food.

  • Least Bitterns often have two broods each breeding season.

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Anonymous said...

I was beside myself when three hooded mergansers stopped on our pond for was quite a treat for a new birder...

Anonymous said...

Interesting post.