Once again, ebird.org directed me to a fine marsh about a 15 minute drive from Gatineau.
Hooded Mergansers are small (18 inches) and long-bodied ducks. They nest in tree cavities. I was fortunate in finding a family.
“Il ne sert à rien à l’homme de gagner la lune s’il vient à perdre la terre.” François Mauriac
(roughly – It is worth nothing to Man if the moon is won but the earth is lost)