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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.

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This is the first folk art bird carving that I did of a Merganser duck years ago. At first, I was really impressed with it, but eventually felt that I didn’t take the carving far enough. I decided to leave it outside to see how the acrylic paint would react to the environment … rain, hail, snow, sun, and extreme colds. The paint has faded a bit, but not as much as expected. The pine wood has cracked around the eyes (and the carving has lost its red eyes), and the body has cracked from the dowel rod connecting the head and body. I didn’t finish the carving to fight against the elements. Right now it’s buried underneath at a foot of snow. Most likely when I move from this house, it will be buried in the vegetable garden.

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