Date: 8/23/20 9:44 pm
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Merganser - Red-Breasted or Common?
Hi Mike,

Like you suspected, it is a female Common Merganser - the expected species
on the Metolius (in OR, Red-breasted Mergansers are mostly restricted to
the coast, and usually only from late fall to spring). Your photos show the
clear, contrasting line on the neck between the reddish head and gray
breast (in RBME, the transition is blurred). And a RBME would show a more
ragged, shaggy crest.

Happy Birding!


On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 9:36 PM Mike Elliott <mikeelliott503...>

> 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

Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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