Mergansers on a 5 Degree Morning

Mergansers on a 5 Degree Morning

Mergansers (Common and Hooded) at the George Wright Puddle in Woolwich, Maine on a 5 degree morning.

Posted by Big Year Birding on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

With the rest of the country encased in the annual winter vortex, it is 5 degrees in Maine, plenty warm enough to try for the Canvasback (a rare visitor to the state).  I’ve been out 3 times in 4 day looking for my white whale, and like Ahab I’m not going to give up.

On the way I checked out the George Wright Puddle, a small pond’s who’s brackish inflow keeps it ice free even on the coldish day.   As expected the Puddle was filled with Common and Hooded Mergansers.

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The Canvasback was more cooperative this time out.  I was able to get him in my binoculars as he fed with a small group of Common Goldeneyes.


Also got some nice photos of more common birds on the ride home and a nice “hot” cup of coffee.

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