After seeing two Sandhill Cranes last week along the Bight, I decided to see what other shorebirds or waterfowl I might find. Not having any luck in Northport or Omena, I headed down to the Narrows at Lake Leelanau, where the habitat attracts a variety of water critters.
Right away, I saw a male Common Merganser floating leisurely among the reeds. Its green head was in striking contrast to its clean white body and red serrated bill.
The female was floating a ways behind her mate. How different she was to him with her elongated gray body and short-crested, cinnamon-colored head! It was hard to believe they were the same species.
For some reason, the pair suddenly stopped their leisurely swim and pivoted into an immediate about-face.
The mergansers closed ranks and stared intently down stream. I wondered if they sensed a predator nearby. But I could see nothing in the direction where they keenly peered.
I broke out in a smile, however, as ripples in the water gave way to a surfacing beaver. Fortunately, it wasn't a predator. In fact, ducks sometimes build their nests atop beaver dams.
Once the beaver had passed, the merganser pair returned to their leisurely paddle. It was truly a just ducky kind of morning.