Date: 8/4/17 6:13 pm From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Common Mergansers on South Toe River, Yancey County, NC
Maybe the adults are offspring from the breeding population on the Green River in Henderson / Polk Counties?
Or maybe there are more Common Mergs breeding around the southern Appalachians than we've realized...
Whatever the case - I'm glad to hear about it. If they're expanding their range southward, maybe we will start seeing more wintering birds down here.
Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 6:39 PM, Clifton Avery <carolinabirds...> wrote: > 8 Common Mergansers were seen on the South Toe River this morning by my > father. I have a blurry photo from him that is good enough to confirm ID. > He also saw the group of 8 on the South Toe about a week ago for the first > time. My guess is it is a mother and her grown brood. The question is: > Where did they come from? Has anyone ever seen Common Mergansers in Yancey > County in the Spring or Summer? According to eBird someone did see 6 COME > this past May right in the same spot as where my Dad has seen them. I > frequent the South Toe and from now on will keep a better lookout for the > mergansers. > > Clifton Avery > North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission > >