Date: 7/19/17 1:43 pm
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Fernhill Red-breasted Merganser....
Hooded Mergs are small-probably no bigger than a Cinnamon Teal, which in turn are bigger than
Gren-winged Teal. Red-breasted Mergs are also a lot smaller than Commons. Standing bodies of
water in western Washington County can have a lot of Hooded Mergs in July, about as ubiquitous as
Mallards. I think it quite plausible Russ saw the Red-breast again. Lars
On Jul 19, 2017, at 12:51 PM, Russ Namitz wrote:

> Hello all~
> Following up on Dave Irons's inquiry about the July Red-breasted Merganser at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove that I originally reported (again) on July 4th. My sighting was brief of an actively diving female merganser on the far side of the pond through my scope. It was associating with female Cinnamon Teal and was slightly larger than these ducks. I continued on to the Purple Martin boxes to try for a photo, but was unable to refind the merganser for the duration of my visit.
> Subsequent visits by other birders with photos have produced a female/immature Hooded Merganser. Could I have misidentified the merganser? It is certainly possible. My gut impression was a Red-breasted Merganser, especially since there was one here in May, but I may have gotten it wrong. I don't feel that I did, but evidence points to the contrary. My apologies if it was a wild merganser chase.
> Russ Namitz
> Oregon

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