Most photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city and May 29, 2021 on a return visit.
The photos of Mom and babes were taken on July 1, 2021
This is such a pretty, elegant bird. At one time, I confused this bird with the red breasted merganser, before I realized the merganser has a much shorter neck and a punk hair style.
Size: 43-56 cm (17-22 inches)
Status: uncommon to locally common from April to October)
Habitat: Breeding – emergent vegetation zone of lakes and ponds Migration – open deeper lakes
Nesting: floating platform nest of aquatic vegetation anchored to submerged plants
Source: Partners and Lone Pine Publishing Birds of Alberta