The long, narrow bill with serrated edges distinguishes mergansers from all other ducks. Mergansers are among the largest ducks. In flight, they appear more elongated than other ducks, flying in trailing lines close to the water’s surface. The male common mergansers have a greenish-black crested head and upper neck. The lower neck, breast and underparts are creamy-white. They have black backs and upperwing coverts with white scapulars. The female common mergansers have a tufted red-brown head that is clearly defined from the lower neck by a clear whitish chin. The back and sides are silver-gray and the breast and belly are white.
Here is another old folk art piece that I completed in 2011, and photographed in March of 2012. This folk art bird carving of a female Common Merganser is carved from pine, painted with acrylics, and finished with various stains to age the carving. The underside is cut to simulate water, add color, and provide a more streamlined look to the carving. I’ve had two of these carvings sitting on the bench for years and need to finish them this Spring. This post may provide the incentive.