This duck is a dabbler, often seen in shallows sifting water and mud for goodies, rarely diving but able to take flight by jumping directly from the water into the air. Males have a distinctive white crescent on their dark gray heads.
Hooded mergansers have crests that trail behind the head or can be raised to create a circular shape. Their bills are narrow and serrated. Males are black and white with chestnut flanks; females are brown.
Every week from late September to early February, more than 100 experts in North American's central flyway rank the progress of mallard migration in their areas. We compile their data to bring you a map showing the status of the mallard migration.
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