Hooded Merganser, male
'Tis the time of year when ducks are migrating. We had 34 Hooded Mergansers on our pond here in NH this morning. The gorgeous male can raise or lower his crest, making it like a big, white, fan as in my photo. This photo of mine (along with over 500 of my other photos) appears in our new, just published, The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
Watch for ducks now on lakes, ponds, rivers and coastal areas.