Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Native American lore is full of stories about Duck. Most of the time he is the butt of tricks played on him by Coyote, Fox, and/or Blue Jay, but in some tribes he was the one that dived to the bottom of the ocean to bring up soil so that some other animal could make land for people to live on. Duck is well represented in literature and is frequently thought to be an inherently humorous character. We have to go no further than Walt Disney's Donald Duck and Warner Brothers Daffy Duck to establish that claim, but there are many more very famous Ducks in literature and mythology. Duck appears briefly in Alice in Wonderland. The University of Oregon's mascot is Duck, as is that of the Anaheim Duck's Hockey team. The very word Duck is a critical part of many common sayings in english. "He takes to that like a duck to water." "That's water off a duck's back." "They can't duck the issue." "Lame duck session of Congress." "He's a sitting duck." "He's a strange duck." "Let's duck out for a cup of coffee." "Get your ducks in a row!" Not many other animals' names are used as both nouns and verbs - let alone adjectives. A very erudite fellow to say the very least.

We think that Mergansers are just Ducky!

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