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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 17:15   #1
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Red-Breasted Merganser?

Hi all,
Is this a Red-Breasted Merganser taken in Hereford this morning.
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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 17:17   #2
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Goosander for me.

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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 17:18   #3
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I'm more swayed to Goosander, but others will know better than me, so hold fire for now.
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No, it's a Goosander.
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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 17:51   #5
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Agreed: Goosander (well-defined white chin patch, sharp demarcation between brown of head & white of neck, comparatively robust bill).
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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 19:53   #6
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Agreed: Goosander (well-defined white chin patch, sharp demarcation between brown of head & white of neck, comparatively robust bill).
agreed, goosander for these reasons
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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 20:21   #7
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Yep female goosander... reasons as stated above.
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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 20:40   #8
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A useful generalisation is that Red-breasted Mergansers are basically seabirds, whereas Goosanders are basically freshwater birds. It's not impossible for them to turn up "in the wrong place", say after severe winds or storms, but it's unlikely.
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A young male goosander surely with the black just comming through on the back.
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