[Tweeters] Merganser ID question

Louise Rutter louise.rutter at eelpi.gotdns.org
Sun May 12 11:49:28 PDT 2013

Nice shots!

I would say she's a female red-breasted, because of the long crest, and the
lack of a well-defined white chin, which the common should have.

Louise Rutter

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Subject: [Tweeters] Merganser ID question

Hi Tweets,

In private messages, people have disagreed about whether the Seward Park
merganser mother and brood are Common Mergansers or Red-breasted Mergansers,
with some folks on either side. I'd welcome your comments and perspectives:

Closeup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/8730384740/in/photostream
Mother with brood:

Thanks, as always, to this terrific birding community!


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