Merganser incubation and photos

There is news and I have a few pictures to share … and they are NOT pictures of eggs.

The merganser hen in the South nest box has now started incubating. She was in the nest overnight and for most of today, and when I checked today while she was out there were 11 eggs and they were warm. So incubation has started and merganser ducklings should hatch somewhere around May 17th.

Today two hooded merganser males were chasing a female up and down the creek (a different female than the one in the South nest). She flew off but the guys stayed and hung around together. I quietly stalked them with my camera and got close enough for some pictures. Such beautiful creatures!

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