Last year came and went, and I didn't see a Hooded Merganser. If I recall it was on October 1, 2010 at Forest Pond when I first saw one. Even then, I don't remember being so impressed as I was this year when I saw one at Neville's Pond. With binoculars, it was stunning. Unfortunately, it chose to stay in the center of the pond, and I couldn't really study nor photograph it.
With the weather improving toward the south of us, this Hooded Merganser may soon be on its way.