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Wigwam Thursday 11th March 2010 14:28

Goosander or Red-breasted Merganser - Ireland
 
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Not at all sure which species they are.

Any ideas?

Adam W Thursday 11th March 2010 14:28

RB Merganser.

rockfowl Thursday 11th March 2010 14:32

Agreed - note the darkish neck/upper breast

andy_morris Thursday 11th March 2010 14:44

yep, RB Mergansers

Angnix Thursday 11th March 2010 16:32

I also agree. RB.

Cheshire Birder Thursday 11th March 2010 17:25

They are RB Mergansers, which usually but not exclusively prefer marine habitat, whereas the Goosander usually prefers the freshwater habitat.

CB

davercox Friday 12th March 2010 05:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by rockfowl (Post 1756929)
Agreed - note the darkish neck/upper breast

"Red-breasted" - for once, a bird with a good name.

Quercus Friday 12th March 2010 06:19

Quote:

Originally Posted by davercox (Post 1757679)
"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... ;)

Adam W Friday 12th March 2010 09:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by davercox (Post 1757679)
"Red-breasted" - for once, a bird with a good name.

Except the latin name when compared with Gooseanders latin name.

cavan wood Friday 12th March 2010 22:01

Over here the goosander is the common merganser, which if not a "good" name is at least fitting.

Scott


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