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Old Thursday 11th March 2010, 14:28   #1
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Goosander or Red-breasted Merganser - Ireland

Not at all sure which species they are.

Any ideas?
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Old Thursday 11th March 2010, 14:28   #2
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RB Merganser.
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Old Thursday 11th March 2010, 14:32   #3
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Agreed - note the darkish neck/upper breast
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Old Thursday 11th March 2010, 14:44   #4
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yep, RB Mergansers
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Old Thursday 11th March 2010, 16:32   #5
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I also agree. RB.
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Old Thursday 11th March 2010, 17:25   #6
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They are RB Mergansers, which usually but not exclusively prefer marine habitat, whereas the Goosander usually prefers the freshwater habitat.

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Agreed - note the darkish neck/upper breast
"Red-breasted" - for once, a bird with a good name.
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"Red-breasted" - for once, a bird with a good name.
... except it's really rufousy brown... not really red like a robin... which is sort a orangey red...
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"Red-breasted" - for once, a bird with a good name.
Except the latin name when compared with Gooseanders latin name.
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Old Friday 12th March 2010, 22:01   #10
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Over here the goosander is the common merganser, which if not a "good" name is at least fitting.

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