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Southern California "Duck" identification help needed

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Old Saturday 23rd May 2020, 05:45   #1
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Southern California "Duck" identification help needed

I took all these photos at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, California on 2018-04-20.

I assume the first is a Scaup, but I'm not sure if its a Greater or a Lesser.

The last two were taken a couple hours apart, so I'm not sure whether they are same individual or not. I assume they are Mergansers, but I'm not sure if they are Common or Red-breasted.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Saturday 23rd May 2020, 05:49   #2
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Lesser for the scaup, I would say; Red-breasted Merganser for the other 2.
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Lesser for the scaup, I would say; Red-breasted Merganser for the other 2.
Doesn't show the rear 'peak' on the head, Greater for me?
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Lesser and red-breasted
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Doesn't show the rear 'peak' on the head, Greater for me?
This is correct.
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