When WC talks about “Hoodies,” he means Hooded Mergansers, the smallest but most spectacular of North America’s mergansers, a family of diving ducks. Did WC mention the hood?
It’s usually carried like, this, lowered, as it were. But if he wants to impress a lady, or intimidate a rival, he can raise that hood, to impressive effect.
The female is pretty good-looking, too, with a subtler crest of her own.
Hoodies are pretty rate in Alaska. There is a famous female who bred in Innoko National Wildlife Refuge, but outside of the southernmost edge of Southeast Alaska, they are pretty much unknown. By contrast, they both breed and overwinter in Idaho.
WC spent most of Saturday looking for a Greater Sage Grouse lek that wasn’t buried under snow. No luck. Happily, there were these photogenic birds in Black’s Creek Reservoir.
Anyway, that’s what WC means by Hoodie.