Hooded Merganser at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin on March 22, 2020

One of my birding stops today was at the Fox River in downtown Waukesha. As I came around the corner in the car standing in front of me in the middle of the road, a Hooded Merganser, a male with a female Mallard. Is this “Hollyhood”?? Before I got parked both ducks were off into the middle of the river being ducks. The Hooded Merganser seemed to be checking out numerous females Mallards and doing some displaying, trying to show off but none of the females seemed to be impressed or interested. After a few minutes, the Hooded Merganser just took off and flew to the north up the river out of sight. It was a cold breezy morning with temps hanging around 32 degrees, with no sun. Images were taken on March 22, 2020.

Hooded Merganser, male, is this Hollyhood?

On shore for a moment…

The back view…


Sees a female Mallard, in a hurry…


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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

10 Responses to Hooded Merganser at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin on March 22, 2020

  1. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Wow, really beautiful Jim!!

  2. Patsy says:

    This little fellow looks pretty proud if himself,,,and should be,,,,he’s beautiful!

  3. Julie Woodcock says:

    Views of the ‘Hoody’ as I’ve never seen before…beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Marilyn says:

    Incredible bird and another set of great pix.
    What kind of head is under those feathers?

  5. Mary says:

    Fabulous, Jim! I hope you are able to continue to stay healthy and bring us these fabulous photos as we hunker down. Brings some joy and distraction during times that may be challenging for many.

  6. Joan Peterson says:

    Wonderful pictures, Jim! Hoodies are among my favorite birds. Thanks for sharing the fun with us!

  7. John Rock says:

    Wow! Fantastic photos. Thankyou.

  8. Pam Skaar says:

    The photo from the front shows how extreme his pompador really is. Quite some amazing views in your pics.

  9. Ron says:

    I do believe it is Hollyhood or maybe his river twin , Foxy. Thanks again Jim.

  10. Thomas Wood says:

    Beautiful bird and photography. You got some interesting angles on this bird this time.

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