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Old Monday 12th July 2004, 11:22   #1
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Red-breasted Merganser?

Not a very clear shot, but I think this is a Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) I'm use to seeing these guys in rafts on the lake, so I'm a bit confused as if this really is a Merg. I think it's a female. It had a long orange bill and feet.

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Old Monday 12th July 2004, 11:40   #2
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Hi Mike,

Female Common Merganser (a.k.a. Goosander). Too white on the throat for R B Merg, but fine for Common. Also RB Mergs tend to be saltwater birds, whereas Common is freshwater.

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Female Common Merganser (a.k.a. Goosander). Too white on the throat for R B Merg, but fine for Common. Also RB Mergs tend to be saltwater birds, whereas Common is freshwater.

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Yeah. I'm looking at that now in some of my field guides. I think I'll have to go with a Common too.

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I'd love to have a Hooded Merg heading my way . . . as long as it's wild, not an escape!

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Sorry Michael. It was an inside joke.

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