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!

Mike Elliott

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