What Do You Mean by Hoodie?


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?

Hooded Merganser Drake, with his hood mostly lowered

Hooded Merganser Drake, with his hood mostly lowered

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.

Hooded Merganser Drake, with his hood mostly raised

Hooded Merganser Drake, with his hood mostly raised

The female is pretty good-looking, too, with a subtler crest of her own.

Hooded Merganser Hen

Hooded Merganser Hen

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.

 

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