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Hooded Mergansers are good-looking ducks with their crest, or hood, which is black and white for males and cinnamon for females. They are not as rare as Harlequin ducks, and I see them every year around this time of the year around many ponds and marshes in our area.

Last week there were several swimming around the Danzenbaker Pool at Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

Hooded Mergansers, two males and one female.

Hooded Mergansers, two males and one female.

Same trio of Hooded Mergansers.

Same trio of Hooded Mergansers.

Further East of the pool, a couple of these ducks had just emerged from a dive, their crest feathers matted down, making them look well coiffed..

Hooded Mergansers after diving.

Hooded Mergansers after diving.

However, as they turned, the strong wind gave them a bad crest, or bad hair, day.

Hooded Mergansers having a bad hair day.

Hooded Mergansers having a bad hair day.

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