lophodytes (from lophos crest, and dytes, diver) cucullatus (hooded)
Wednesday, November 14, 1979 — 10:30 am
Deerfield, Illinois — pond next to I-94
I walked across a cornfield to get a closer look at some ducks I’d seen swimming in a pond along the highway. They turned out to be Ring-neck Ducks, and they flushed and flew away as soon as I got there. But then I saw two Hooded Mergansers swimming and diving in the same pond.