David Dudeck shares this photo he took on a recent stroll in Gyro Park, noting, “The mergansers are very distinctive and interesting to watch.” Photo: David Dudeck

David Dudeck shares this photo he took on a recent stroll in Gyro Park, noting, “The mergansers are very distinctive and interesting to watch.” Photo: David Dudeck

Duck dynasty

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The “Common Merganser” is anything but common.

This distinguished species spends the breeding season in northern forested habitats near large lakes and rivers, nesting in cavities of large trees often found in mature forests.

They spend winters on large lakes, rivers, and reservoirs in the southern and coastal regions of their breeding range.

These birds tend to prefer freshwater wintering habitat over saltwater, but they may winter in coastal bays, estuaries, and harbors.

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