In this photo of the male and female Hooded Merganser, the male’s crest is folded down. “Hoodies,” as they are often called by birders, prefer wooded areas around lakes, ponds, and marshes where they nest in tree cavities. At our home in northern Minnesota, we put out two nest boxes that are intended for Wood Ducks. However, these boxes are just as often used by Hooded Mergansers.
From May 19, 2013 - Waterfowl