Hooded mergansers seem to be everywhere in the Champlain Valley this year. In
the past 10 days or so I have seen these attractive little ducks at the Dead
Creek WMA, Button Bay, Converse Bay, McNeil Cove, Muddy Brook near Shelburne
Pond, and at the Colchester Causeway. This afternoon I spotted 3 hoodies (2
males, 1 female) swimming in the Winooski River while I was poking around behind
the farms in the Intervale.