Monday, July 23, 2012
One of the things I really like about birding is that every day is different, and often has a surprise. This morning’s surprise was this female Common Merganser and chicks. One chick had hopped on the mother’s back and was getting a free ride. There were actually 8 chicks in all; one chick did not make it in the photo. The mother and chicks were in Spring Creek, a favorite hike of mine that I’ve done many times during this month here at Collier State Park, but today was the first time I have seen this Merganser family.