The past few days have been rather warm and humid, if not rainy. That will all change soon, there’s colder air moving our way. But until that cold front rolls over us, enjoy the warmth as some of our wildlife has been.
I don’t think the warmer weather matters very much to the mergansers, as long as the water doesn’t freeze and they can get at the fish and tadpoles beneath the surface, they’re happy.
The mergansers above seem to be paired with one another. The work of the past few weeks, the strutting and dancing about the Wetlands, seems to have paid off for these two. In fact, I’ve noticed two distinct pairs within the last few days. The males will still perform pair-bond displays to reinforce the bond, but it seems at least two pairs have made their choices. Good luck, mergansers.
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!