Hooded Mergansers in the Humber: Sept. 16, 2022

The male Hooded Merganser in breeding plumage is a spectacular sight:

Hooded Merganser (male)
Hooded Merganser (male)

The breeding plumage lasts from about October until June. We saw two in non-breeding plumage ( perhaps they were females or juveniles) in the Humber River this morning at Lambton Woods.

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers

Other birds:

Herring Gull and Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Geese
Great Blue Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Goose
Mallard (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mallard (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Red-breasted Nuthatch in Colorado Spruce
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Canada Geese
Great Egret
Downy Woodpecker (male)

Some botany:

Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea) also called Burning Bush
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Goldenrod Gall
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)

Humber River views:

Today’s group:


There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember—
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dye the flowers of September!         – Mary Howitt (1799–1888)

Miles Hearn

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