I have been seeing here by the east shore a family of 8 Common Mergansers, I 
presume the mother and 7 young, although they are all the same size.
One day one of them caught quite a large fish and then swallowed it quickly 
when its sibs zoomed over to steal it! I was surprised it was able to get it 

A neighbor to the south has attached a bright red, rectangular float to his 
mooring ball about 50 feet from shore.
After they swim their rounds and fish up and down along the shore, the Mergs 
regularly swim down there and all get on the float to loaf.
It is neat seeing them all on that bright red plastic pad out in the water!

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY


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