Group of seven juveniles in pool below Waterfall Rapids, flushed when they saw me.
Five immature common mergansers swimming/flapping/diving their way upstream on Dell Creek, approximately .16 miles from the Naselle River.
Unlike the mergansers I usually see on this creek, who are always alone, these five did not flush at my presence. They eyeballed me as they continued on their way.
My husband was hunting ducks on Willapa Bay this same day and mentioned lots of new ducks in the area, including some young mergansers who were not afraid of his presence. I wonder if these five were migrants out exploring the local creeks.
a few females hanging around the point...
Male right, female left
There were NINE Mergus merganser or Common Mergansers on this log or swimming about, some clearly juveniles.
08 Sep 2014.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Bucks Co, PA.
Found in a stream.