lophodytes (from lophos crest, and dytes, diver) cucullatus (hooded)
Wednesday, November 14, 1979 — 10:30 am
Deerfield, Illinois — pond next to I-94 south of Trinity College
I cut class to go look at the ducks that I saw swimming in the pond as I drove by on the way to Trinity College. 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.
In March, 1980, I saw my first male Hooded Merganser at Crabtree and decided it was my favorite duck. Don Walwrath, a taxidermist friend of Dad’s, sold me a mounted male that hangs on my study wall. He wasn’t supposed to sell me the mounted bird, so he gave me a frozen bird, and I gave it back to him to mount for me for $50.00.