Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Family on the Speed River
For the past two years, I have observed a family of Common Mergansers along the Speed River, and have been able to watch their development. By this time of the year the young are essentially the same size as the adults, although still dependent on parental care. Obviously these birds are breeding along the river or very close to it.
The following terrific pictures were taken by Fred Urie, a dedicated devotee of this section of the river, and I appreciate very much his permission to use them on my blog.