Birds- Merganser (Common)
Common Merganser: Large, sleek diving duck with black upperparts and white underparts. Head and upper neck are green-black with head crest usually not visible. Long, thin bill is bright red. Wings are black with extensive white patches. Feeds on fish, mollusks, crustaceans, insects and plants.
* Common Mergansers are the largest of the three merganser species in North America.
* Gulls often follow flocks as they forage. They wait for the ducks to come to the surface with fish, and then they try to steal their prey. Occasionally a Bald Eagle will attempt this.
* These large fish-eaters have serrated edges to their bills to help them grip their prey. Along with the Smew and the other Mergansers, they are often known as "sawbills."
* A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.
Jun 13, 2009