I saw my first Hooded Merganser on Cape Cod the other day at Wiley Park, and then the next day at Boat Meadow River. At first I thought they were Buffleheads, but then I looked a little closer on my computer.
What a gorgeous water bird! Look at those vibrant colors with a huge white patch on its head and white stripes on their black breast and black back. So pretty. The females are more drab in colors of black and brown.
Have you ever seen a Hooded Merganser? They are abundant on Cape Cod from November through March.