Common birds of Snohomish County

March 27, 2012
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Hooded merganser
Male, top; female and young below
Habitat: Sheltered ponds and bays
Size: Length 18 inches, wingspan 24 inches
Fact: The hooded merganser has excellent underwater vision. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, "The merganser can actually change the refractive properties of its eyes to enhance its underwater vision."

(Fish and Wildlife Service)

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