Merganser, Hooded

Male Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus This little diver is found in the Eastern U.S. One of its favorite foods is crayfish that it finds in fresh water ponds and streams. The male has the distinctive white head patch seen when his crest is raised. This piece is of tupelo.It is in a private collection. Of note are the fine details to be seen in the feathering and bill.