The male Hooded Merganser in breeding plumage is a spectacular sight:
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.
Humber River views:
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)