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Old Saturday 7th January 2012, 21:58   #1
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Merganser -- common or red-breasted (May 2009, Maryland)?

As I confirmed the sighting of some common mergansers today, I went through some of my old photos, and not quite sure about these.

The picture was captured on 5/13/2009 at Great Falls, Maryland.

I tend to think they are red-breasted, what do you think?
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Old Saturday 7th January 2012, 22:30   #2
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I agree with red breasted, thinner bill, less clear demarcation between the head and neck.
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Old Saturday 7th January 2012, 22:52   #3
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I know there are slight differences between your Common Merganser and our Goosander but these look more like them than Red-breasteds.

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red breasted.
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Another for red breasted.
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Another for Red-breasted.
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