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Old Friday 19th January 2007, 22:57   #1
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Waterbird ID!!

Can anybody help me ID these birds in my backyard? In a small lake.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

1. It's a diving waterbird (like a loon, but not a loon)
2. About the size of a loon
3. "Rust" colored head, with dark eye area
4. It has "tuffs" of feathers on rear of head pointed back wards "rust" color. Kind of like a woodpecker.
5. "Orangish" colored bill, NOT duck shaped
6. White feathers on chin area
7. White neck & chest
8. Grey body & wings
9. Orange feet

Don't have a pic right now, but I will try to get one. I've never seen these before and I have lived here about 20 years.

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Old Friday 19th January 2007, 23:00   #2
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Hi Brad I see this is your first post, so may I welcome you on behalf of the Staff and Moderators at Bird Forum

I'm sorry I can't help with the identification of your bird, but I'm sure there'll be someone along soon

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Old Friday 19th January 2007, 23:02   #3
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You are describing a Sawbill duck. By size and description I'm guessing you saw a Common Merganser - I call it a Goosander

http://www.blueskybirds.co.uk/photos/goosander04.jpg

but just a chance its what I call a Red-breasted Merganser - sorry not sure what you call it your side of the Atlantic

http://content.ornith.cornell.edu/UE...3_100041_S.jpg

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I agree with Jane, it seems that you have seen a female Common Merganser.

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For completeness you should also look at female Hooded Merganser - though they are rather smaller
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The Red-breasted Merganser is also so called on this side of the pond!
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Old Friday 19th January 2007, 23:47   #7
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Wow!! That's what I'm looking at. Thanks everyone! I was going to ask about another diving bird I have never seen before, but it turns out they are the males(black & white). Like I said, this is the 1st year of ever seeing these guys. Looking at a map, Arizona is the southern fringe of their migration. Cool looking birds.

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Wow!! That's what I'm looking at. Thanks everyone! I was going to ask about another diving bird I have never seen before, but it turns out they are the males(black & white). Like I said, this is the 1st year of ever seeing these guys. Looking at a map, Arizona is the southern fringe of their migration. Cool looking birds.

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If you are in fact looking at the males, that black (if you look real hard) is actually a sleek, dark green! Makes 'em even cooler!
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Yes overworkedirish is right if it is a male it will be dark green with a orangish bill.
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and the white is often quite pinky!
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