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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wx4: W(ordless)W(ings)W(ater)W(ednesday)

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T.S. Eta dropped 5" of rain on November 12.
Friday, November 13, was a lucky day foggy but not rainy.
We decided to take the N.C. Museum of Art Trail.
Thank goodness Bird Expert and employee of the NCMA was taking photos 
So I was able to ask the name of the unusual looking bird.
We had lots of excellent sightings
2 Males and 1 Female
Hooded Merganser
This photo of the Hooded Merganser was borrowed from Gigi Google

The hooded merganser is a species of small diving duck. It is the only extant species in the genus Lophodytes. The genus name derives from the Greek language: lophos meaning 'crest', and dutes meaning 'diver
This is a male


Now for the photos we took

The Museums Bird Expert

She told me they will be here for the winter.

Hooded mergansers are short-distance migrants, and they winter in the United States in regions where winter temperatures allow for ice-free conditions on pondslakes and rivers. They have two major year-round ranges. One is in the eastern United States from the southern Canada–US border along the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast in the region of the Mississippi delta. A smaller year-round range extends from Washington state and southern British Columbia to northern Idaho.

You may biggify the below for a closer look


  1. oooh that's a wonderful place... I just imagined what my overlook twins would do there LOL

  2. Hari OM
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhh you know this birder is impressed you were there and caught them in lens - and is jelly green that you were!!! &*> YAM xx

  3. Why are the males always more gorgeous than the females?!

  4. They are really pretty (or should I say handsome since the males are so "showy"?!) birds..........!

    Hugs, Pam

  5. You guys are like me. I love going into those places and seeing birds as well as plants. That's when my camera is the busiest!

  6. That is such a unique looking critter, very pretty!

  7. I would have enjoyed this adventure. I love anything in the great outdoors.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug, honey. ♥

  8. I know you were glad to have someone tell you what they are, i would not have known either. love their odd/strange heads. we got 7 and 1/2 inches from Eta, all in one day...our Friday the 13th was beautiful also

  9. Beautiful ducks. I love how they look. Yours are good captures. Eta was a meanie. That's a lot of water.

  10. What fun! Being outdoors is so relaxing- especially seeing a very unique bird!

  11. I love these beauties...all you had to do is ask me. They're here in the winter too the male's "hood" can be hidden also. Mist always shown as a mating or territorial ritual.


  12. deer mom ta madi...

    pleez take noe o fence if we skip on past thiz hole post
    and due KNOT big a fy...any thing

    thanx :) ☺☺♥♥

  13. You are so fortunate to find so many lovely places to visit and walk. Love the water shots.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. What a great place to take a walk. You will have to report back to see if the ducks stay for the winter.

  15. Wow! You were lucky to see those pretty ducks! We mostly have mallards and Canada geese around here.

  16. Great photos. They are pretty ducks. XO

  17. Those are such cool looking birds! What a fun way to spend the day.

  18. That sure is a very cool looking bird! I'm glad that you got to see them. Maybe again this winter? I hope so.

  19. What a beautiful place and only 20 minutes away - you are blessed!

  20. How nice and relaxing a spot to go and just be with nature. Love those photos


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