If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Hooded Merganser. Hooded Mergansers breed in swamps or wooded ponds in the northern U.S. or southern Canada. They are cavity nesters, like Wood Ducks, and will use provided boxes if suitable natural cavities are unavailable. Nestlings leave the cavity just one day after hatching.
hooded merganser nest box by landslide virgo
Female Hooded Merganser & chicks-2 by Hikerboy45
Little lost duckling by tsmzth
Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp by A. Drauglis Furnituremaker
Young hoods by A. Drauglis Furnituremaker
Hooded Merganser (female) w/ Ducklings by ~melanie~
Hooded Merganser 1st spring males by Lee Rentz
Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult, male!) Birdorable Hooded Merganser t-shirts & gifts!