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importance of suitable wetland
habitats being provided for common
mergansers courtesy of the increasing
number of beavers.
Since the compilation of the first
breeding-bird atlas, which covers
the span from 1983 to 1989, the
confirmed number of breeding hooded
mergansers increased from 42 to 127.
Meanwhile, buffleheads, greater
scaup and ring-necked ducks, while
seen occasionally during the summer
in Pennsylvania, continue to breed
farther north and west of the state.
The smaller male bufflehead also
has a puffy head with a large white
patch, but his body is mostly white
in contrast to the black, white and
rusty brown body of the male hooded
merganser.
The greater scaup male is a study
in gray and white with a dark green
head, while the ring-necked duck
should be called ring-billed because
of the white ring near the tip of his
mostly gray and black bill. The
female ring-necked duck is dark
brown in contrast to the male's
mostly black and gray body with
a vertical white mark in front
of his wing, but she
also has a white
ring on her bill.
When we
drove into the picnic area,
few people were about, but
a couple hundred dark gray
American coots bobbed
their heads as they swam in
the cove.
Members of the rail
family, coots rarely nest in
Pennsylvania and confirmed
breeding coots have decreased
from 11 to two, as stated in the
MARCH 2015

second atlas. This is probably
because breeding coots require large
freshwater marshes, with floating
aquatic vegetation interspersed
with large, open areas of water, and
Pennsylvania largely lacks that type
of habitat.
At Yellow Creek State Park
the wetland rang with red-winged
blackbird song. A greater yellowlegs
hunted along the shore, deftly using
its slightly up-curving bill to catch
little fish washed up on the land. As
it walked on its long, elegant legs, it
often teetered.
This shorebird nests in northern
Canada, and I remembered that the
last time I had been close to one was
a July in Newfoundland, where the
bird no doubt was nesting.
Hooded Merganser

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