Date: 9/10/20 10:55 am From: JJ Furuno <j.furuno...> Subject: [obol] Re: Help with ID
Thanks all for the great info. I shared with Lars earlier that I had never seen them before (novice birder and east coast transplant) and was impressed with how powerfully, yet gracefully they swam up river against the swift current. I was also impressed by the size. Later in the day, they flew back down river in a tight formation and close to the surface of the water. It was really beautiful.
Thanks again, JJ
On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 9:38 AM Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:
> There's more, Common Merganser wise. They are cavity nesters, including > trees if they can find a cavity big enough. I've seen a female land in the > top of a 200' Cottonwood tree here, about 1/4 mile from the Clackamas > River. Surveying the local scene for nesting possibilities. This puts any > Wood Duck to shame! > Broods are commonly seen all along the Clackamas River hereabouts. > Bob OBrien Carver OR > > On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 2:37 AM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...> > wrote: > >> Yes. Common Mergansers. There have been a few eBird reports of >> "Red-breasted" Mergansers at inland locations the past month, perhaps >> inspired by juvenile Common. Red-breasteds are Arctic nesters that winter >> on saltwater. They are the size of Mallards. Common Mergansers are 50% >> bigger, one of our largest ducks. Yet they frequent surprisingly small >> streams as well as the main stem of the Willamette . Greasy Creek and Woods >> Creek are tributaries of the Marys near Philomath where Common Mergansers >> were seen when l was growing up. Both streams can be straddled dry shod by >> adult humans most of the year. >> >> >> >> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone >> >> -------- Original message -------- >> From: JJ Furuno <j.furuno...> >> Date: 9/9/20 10:46 PM (GMT-08:00) >> To: <obol...> >> Subject: [obol] Help with ID >> >> Hi, >> >> Sorry about the poor photo quality. This was taken on Sunday on the >> Salmon River near Welches. Are these mergansers? >> >> Thx, JJ Furuno >> >>