Date: 6/10/19 5:07 pm From: Joseph Neal <joeneal...> Subject: Hooded Merganser continues at Centerton
A female Hooded Merganser was observed on one of the upper ponds at Craig State Fish Hatchery in Centerton by Peter Shaffer as early as May 2. Subsequently, many have viewed this bird. It was in the same place this morning. It dives and swims away when closely approached. June Hooded Mergansers aren’t rare around northwest Arkansas (for example, there were 2 at Beaver Lake Nursery Pond on May 26). It’s hard to say what’s going on with this bird and other Hooded Mergansers around northwest Arkansas, but nesting is certainly possible (and has occurred in the past). According to Birds of North America on line, “Nest initiation dates vary with latitude; se. Missouri, 16 Mar (n = 313; range 12 Feb–6 May …)” Also from BNA “Suitable cavities occur in live or dead tree trunks, large limbs, broken off limbs, and at the top of broken off tree trunks …” This is worth watching.