Date: 8/23/20 9:36 pm From: Mike Elliott <mikeelliott503...> Subject: [obol] Merganser - Red-Breasted or Common?
Looking for a little help for a still relative newbie...
I saw this merganser on the Metolius on Friday. I was able to snap a couple quick (admittedly poor) photos. I initially thought it was red-breasted but I know that's rare for the area, so now I'm doubting myself and wondering if it's a common.
From my Sibley's the coloring looks about right for a red-breasted but I can't tell much from the bill. The photos don't show the white contrast very well. Is there enough in the photos to make a positive id? Thanks for any help!