It was Ladies’ Day in the Sun – Day 79

I know everyone always gets totally bedazzled when they see the male Red-breasted Mergansers.

And they are, indeed, handsome devils.


But.

The other day at the Chatham Fish Pier, it was all about the LADIES!


Sailing along on the choppy sea, they were coiffed to perfection.


And dive after dive, their feathers held up, beautifully.


I think they appreciated my oooh’s and my aahhhh’s, as they so often feel overshadowed by their handsome male counterparts.

And as I walked away I couldn’t help wondering what kind of gel they used, the hold in all that wind and chop — was simply AMAZING!  😉


You GO girls! 

Entering Stage Left, Lady Red-breasted Merganser – Day 64

A loverly Red-breasted Merganser who entered, Stage Left on Macmillan Wharf, when I was in PTown a little over a week ago.

She was just one, of many treasures that day…


A Sure Cure for the Winter Grays: Merganser Zest – Day 54

Sharing such a lovely Red-breasted Merganser fellow I met along Town Cove in Orleans.


Fortunately for me, it was right around sunset time AND — he was mighty hungry…

Diving, and diving for dinner!


So he paid little heed to my presence, and I got the chance to get a few more images than usual.


These birds have been such wonderful companions this winter…


Adding so much life and color and ZING! to our gray, wintry Cape Cod seascapes.


I will miss them, when they leave us in the Spring, and will be looking for them again come fall.


A Red-breasted Merganzer Punk Star in Black and White… Almost – Day 34

The light was turning pretty crummy this morning, and I almost didn’t go out at all.

I am so glad now that I DID.

Or I would have missed this amazing punk star Red-breasted Merganzer.


Whose DOO more than made up for the crummy light. 😉


It was almost a moment in black and white…


Yet not.  ❤ ❤

Found Among the Mallards – Hooded Merganzers – Day 29

The other day I mentioned the Hooded Merganzers I’d recently met.

Among the Mallards they were, paddling about so quietly that I almost missed them.


A sweet pair…


And you could tell, he was the one guarding the area, as she dove continually for fish.

Even with the water glare, when I did catch a glimpse of her I thought she was one of the prettiest little ducks I’d ever seen.


I sure hope I see them again for a visit… if they’ll let me.

I must remember to ask her, who does her DOO?!  😉

A Week of New Life Birds Begins with a Hooded Merganzer – Day 27

Well, just when I thought I’d seen my last “new life bird” for a while…

I see THIS guy over at Saquatucket Harbor!


A gorgeous male Hoodie!

I thought I’d seen one last year, but he was swimming alongside several Red-breasteds and I just couldn’t be totally sure from such a distance.

But several bird experts just confirmed it for me, so it’s officially a new bird for me!

And he’s not alone, there are MORE new birds coming to share…

Hopefully this week, the treasure hunt continues, woo HOO!  😉