... Jun 1, 2004 #3 Hooded Merganser, female with ducklings. In some parts of Europe, with artificial nesting sites … Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 2015), while adult Red- breasteds have paler eyes, bright red in males and yellow-orange or reddish- brown to dull red in females (Craik et al. Commons have a clean white belly compared to the splotchy colored belly on the Red. Red-breasted Mergansers have thin-based bills while Common Mergansers have thick-based bills. From: "Gary Lanham" To: Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:56:32 -0400; Found one more interesting photo of the merganser at Blyth Ferry yesterday. Flocks move in "follow the leader" style, low over the water. It is one of the last to migrate south, and is more common than the red-breasted merganser on inland waters. The somewhat smaller and ground-nesting red-breasted merganser (M. serrator) has a similar range. Red-breasted Mergansers have the most northerly range extending into the Arctic Circle and they also winter further south than the other two merganser species found in North America. Here’s a visual of the difference between the similar species of merganser; Red-Breasted vs. Common! Females are brown-gray with gray-washed, red-brown head, double crest and white breast and belly. The British call this bird the "Goosander." The dark green head appears black at a distance and is tufted at the back, unlike the smooth head of the common merganser. ... of suitable climate … Common Merganser. Hooded merganser. They are difficult to distinguish in flight from the common merganser. Their flight, strong and direct, is usually low over the water. The Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) in the image above has a rustier colored head and crest than the Red-breasted Mergansers do in nonbreeding plumage, they have a deeper bill which often appears to be redder than the bill of the red-breasted. Female Common Merganser-notice the thick, straight necked appearance. Nonbreeding plumaged male Red-breasted Mergansers. This one shows the bird with its head twisted, revealing a white chin. Both birds are found in similar territories year round. Commons also have similar white wing patches but they are larger with more contrast then Red-breasted. The adult males have white median and lesser coverts while the females and first year birds only have white secondaries and greater coverts. From a distance, it is important to pay attention to overall patterns as well as shape. Bill is dull red. Visit Recreation Report. I'll treat females and non-breeding males (including first year birds) the same, as the only major difference between the two is the amount of white in the wing. The back is black, the rump gray-brown with … In summer, look for them leading ducklings from eddy to eddy along streams or standing on a flat … corfly. Common Loon. A female Common Merganser would not have the white wing patch that … Its flocks are usually small, but these may combine into big concentrations sometimes at large reservoirs. Red-breasted Merg and Common Merg both have longer, slenderer bodies and bills, and a more pronounced orangey head colour with a whiter … refwar. Common Nighthawk. The red-breasted merganser spotted in Jhajjar is a female specimen and was seen wading amid a group of waterfowl, including common teals and shovellers. Common Redpoll. Common Merganser. The crests on Red-breasted Mergansers (Mergus serrator) always appear more wispy than the crests on Common Mergansers. Hooded Merganser. About ODFW; Articles; Workshops & Events; Species Areas Seasons Licensing Info Workshops & Events Game Bird Hunting. Couch's\Tropical Kingbird. And…, Gnatcatchers, Kinglets, Dippers and Others, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Catbirds, Starlings and Pipits, Waxwings, Longspurs and Silky-Flycatchers. Common Tern. Identifying the two large sawbills, Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser, can be pretty straight-forward when confronted with male birds. It takes some practice to identify these two species by shape but it can be done with some practice. This is tough to see at a distance but gives the impression that Red-breasted bills are curved slightly upwards while the Common has a straight-billed appearance. Some of the Birds I love at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Scenery, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Birds, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Wildlife, Journey to Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge – an Oasis in the West Desert of Utah, Waiting For My First Of Year Sandhill Crane, Male, Female and Immature Horned Lark Photos, Great title! Common merganser. Identification: Red-breasted and Common Mergansers... P2. The common merganser (North American) or goosander (Eurasian) (Mergus merganser) is a large seaduck of rivers and lakes in forested areas of Europe, Asia, and North America. comred. I'm guessing the rest are immature Red-breasteds? Common Raven. Common Merganser male by John Borg. 0. Even at a distance these patterns are easily noticed. The male shows a striking, wide band of white that extends almost the full length of the body and a dark band across its chest. However, the Red-breasted Merganser nests farther north, winters mostly on salt water, and nests mainly on the ground, while the Common winters mostly on fresh water and nests in cavities. Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) is the marine merganser. Red-breasted Merganser; Steller's Eider; Harlequin Duck; Spectacled Eider; King Eider; Common Eider; Barrow's Goldeneye; Common Merganser; Hooded Merganser; Redhead; Ring-necked Duck; Surf Scoter; Longtail or Oldsquaw Duck; Lesser Scaup; Common Goldeneye; Bufflehead; ... Common Merganser. One of my favorite trips was…, I am in 100% agreement on their calls. The males are striking with clean white bodies, dark green heads, and a slender, serrated red bill. Everglades National Park, Florida. Red-Breasted Merganser favor salt water while Common … 0. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In courting behavior, which begins mid-winter, the males flare their crests, and the females “head-bob and pump.” The female is a … P4. Hooded Merganser. Common Mergansers have similarly dark heads but have an overall white-bodied look as opposed to the gray-bodied look of Red-breasted. Red-breasted merganser. Mergansers are considered “diving ducks” and one of the things the three species of mergansers found in North America all have in common are their serrated bills. The Red-breasted Merganser nests in the northern regions, but is more likely to spend its winter on the coast, living in saltwater. [TN-Bird] Common vs Red-breasted Merganser at Blyth Ferry Yesterday- one more photo. Both are larger than Hooded Mergansers with Common Mergansers being slightly larger than Red-breasted Mergansers. They are similar in appearance to the Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) but have a less wispy head crest and the males have a greenish vs. black head. Common Mergansers have thick, straight necks, while Red-breasted have thin, spindly necks. Common Redpoll. Common Mergansers have dark eyes in both sexes (brown in female, dark brown in male; Pearce et al. rebnut. Common Mergansers are usually found in rivers … comrav. Costa's Hummingbird. Breeding grounds for both the Common and Red-breasted species overlap in some areas though Red-breasted Mergansers nest on the ground and Common Mergansers are cavity nesters who infrequently nest on the ground. Honduras Part 3: Aguan Valley and the Endemic Hond... NuttyBirder T-Shirts Available for Christmas, Honduras Part 2: Two of My Favorite Places. In winter they move to lakes, gravel pits and reservoirs, occasionally to sheltered estuaries. While all mergansers are swift fliers, the red-breast holds the avian record for fastest level-flight at 100 mph (that’s 161 km/h!) Cooper's Hawk. Similar Species for Red-breasted Merganser. The close up image of the nonbreeding, male Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) above shows the serrated bill. Common Raven. Red-breasted merganser Where and when to see them Goosanders can be seen in the upland rivers of N England, Scotland and Wales in summer. Their wings have large white patches that include most of the secondaries and greater and lesser coverts. Copyright Mia McPherson | All Rights Reserved. Current conditions and opportunities to hunt, fish and see wildlife. Check out the Recreation Report. Soon I should be seeing the males and females in eclipse or breeding plumage coming through where I live in Utah. Commons also have whiter underwings which lead to a more white overall appearance. Breeding plumaged male Red-breasted Merganser-Notice the overall gray-bodied look, dark green head, reddish breast and white wing patches. This video gives useful pointers on how to confidently tell them apart. Any Common Mergansers in there? common vs red-breasted female merganser. Connecticut Warbler. It is a thrill…, I really, really hope that you can see these beauties soon. If the birds are close it is easy to see the differences in bill shape. Notice the overall cold gray/white appearance, high contrast between the head and neck, thick/straight neck, and the straight appearance to the bill. Common Merganser. Adult female nonbreeding Red-breasted Merganser in Utah – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light. Common Yellowthroat. 0. The hooded merganser is the smallest of the mergansers of White Lake, with a length of 45 centimetres and weight of 0.6 kilograms. Females lack the male's bright colors but … Hooded Merganser. The difference in the thickness of the neck of these two species is apparent at a distance. You’ll notice that the Red-Breasted has a thinner, longer, more dull red bill compared to the striking, thicker bill on the Common. These birds winter most abundantly in coastal waters, including the Gulf of Mexico, and to a lesser extent, the Great Lakes. Common Mergansers have dark eyes and in nonbreeding plumage both sexes show a crescent shaped white patch on the chin. Connecticut Warbler. It breeds in the boreal forest on freshwater and saltwater wetlands. Common Poorwill. Though the colouring on the head is the same on mergansers as it is on goosanders (green/black on the males and chestnut on the females), red-breasted mergansers have tufted feathers on their head. Common Mergansers living along rivers may spend hours resting on rocks or on shore. Crested Caracara. 0. Males are decked out with a dark green shaggy head, a red bill and eye, and a rusty chest. Both sexes of the Red-breasted Merganser have red colored eyes. The red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) is a diving duck, one of the sawbills.The genus name is a Latin word used by Pliny and other Roman authors to refer to an unspecified waterbird, and serrator is a sawyer from Latin serra, "saw". The prominent one on the first pic looks like a female Red-breasted Merganser. While you are looking at the eyes, note the color of the nearby plumage. Feeds mostly on small fish. Common Mergansers, Mergus merganser, have a long slender appearance in flight. The elegant gray-bodied females have rich, cinnamon heads with a short crest. Want to have an email notification land in your inbox right after I publish a post? Eric writes: Adult male Red-breasted and Common Mergansers have very distinct patterns thus they are quite easy to identify even at large distances. Red-breasted Sapsucker. Separated from Common Merganser by thinner bill, shaggier crest, and slimmer shape overall. Male red-breasted mergansers have deep red eyes and feet. This fish-eating duck is the typical merganser of freshwater lakes. However, the females, or redheads as they are more often called, can be much more difficult. Sign up for ODFW email updates. Cassy: Bird Identification Q&A: 8: Friday 8th February 2013 19:49: Common or Red-breasted Merganser? Thanks so…, I hope to see them soon. At close range, Red-breasted Mergansers appear grayish overall with a dark head, white neck patch, and reddish breast. I can’t wait to photograph them! Red-breasted Mergansers appear mostly gray with a brownish head and white wing patches (amount of white in wing patches dependent on sex). Female Common Mergansers. Female Red-breasted Mergansers-even at this angle the thin, spindly-necked appearance is noticeable. Conservation status. Breeding plumaged male Common Mergansers-notice the overall white-bodied look, distinct and contrasting dark head, and large white wing patches. Submit your email address below and it will happen! 0. Common Ground Dove. The long, narrow bill with serrated edges readily … 0. 2015). gypsumwolf: Bird Identification Q&A: 7: Tuesday 20th March 2012 15:54: … The Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) is found year-round on the coast and in the Southern Interior. 0. How to identify a Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator): The Male Red-breasted Merganser in Winter has a green-black head with a wispy crest. The smallest of the group is the Hooded Merganser and can be found across the southern regions of Canada, throughout … They are found across the rest of BC in summer. comter. From: sparverius To: "birder1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:49:27 -0400; Yeah, I'm gonna have to back track on this one. Honduras Part 5: Another Day at The Lodge at Pico ... Honduras Part 4: Lancetilla Botanical Garden and Tela. Notice the overall grayish-brown appearance, low contrast between head and neck, and slightly upturned bills (doesn't always appear this way). Common Poorwill. BTO bird identification videos are supported by Natureguides. Common merganser Skip section navigation Main navigation. … It usually nests in hollow trees in north temperate to subarctic regions and migrates to more southerly rivers. From coastal bays to the high Cascades, in all corners of Oregon and far beyond, common mergansers ply the rivers and peer into still waters in their efficient pursuit of fish. Couch's Kingbird. Adult male. The common merganser can measure up to 65 centimetres in length and weigh in as the largest at 1.5 kilograms. 0. But Common Mergansers being a very hardy species will stay further north as long as the water remains open for them to fish. ... Red-breasted Merganser. rebsap. The red-breasted merganser was one of the many bird species originally described by Carl Linnaeus in his landmark 1758 10th edition of Systema … A nick name for these diving ducks is “Saw-bill” and I can certainly understand why. Common Loons and Red-breasted Mergansers Common Loon and chick are beautiful waterfowl which many associate with the Northern Woods, as they typically breed on these fresh-water lakes. Swift direct flight with … conwar. Common Mergansers have dark eyes and in nonbreeding plumage both sexes show a crescent shaped … I looked quickly at the photos on my phone, and wasn't aware of (or just … The Red-breasted Merganser is a shaggy-headed diving duck also known as the "sawbill"; named for its thin bill with tiny serrations on it that it uses to keep hold of slippery fish. raulqc: Bird Identification Q&A: 4: Monday 3rd March 2014 03:05: Common or Red Breasted Merganser? It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations. compoo. The difference in the thickness of the neck of these two species is apparent at a distance. * This map is intended as a guide. Updated weekly by fish and wildlife biologists throughout the state. Red-cockaded Woodpecker. P1. The long thin bill, legs and feet are bright orange. Watching either the Common or Red-breasted Mergansers fish is a real treat which is exciting to view and photograph. Red-breasted Mergansers have thin-based bills while Common Mergansers have thick-based bills. The Hooded Merganser is one of our most beautiful ducks. Do not download, display, PIN, print, hotlink, reproduce or use my images without my permission. Red-breasted Nuthatch. It is also a bold world traveler, plying icy waters where usually only scoters and eiders dare to tread. Red-faced Warbler. The Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) in the image above has a rustier colored head and crest than the Red-breasted Mergansers do in nonbreeding plumage, they have a deeper bill which often appears to be redder than the bill of the red-breasted. P3. Smaller than Red-breasted Mergansers with a shorter black bill. Description. Females and immature males have a brown head and gray body. 0. Its bill is long, slim, red and slightly upturned. Curve-billed Thrasher. And the owls are a delight to see. First winter male Common Merganser in Utah – Nikon D200, f7.1, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light. Red-breasted Mergansers are large in size and have a long slender appearance in flight. The red-breasted merganser is next in size, up to 60 centimetres long and weighing up to 1 kilogram. The male “Hoodie” has striking white on the head , a black back and it’s sides are coffee brown with two black vertical lines, or “spurs,”that cut diagonally through the white breast. The bill has a more orange cast to it than the bills of the Common Mergansers and it is also thin and more slender. Breeding males have a dark green head, brown breast, and gray sides. This species is larger than the red-breasted merganser, and is one of the largest of our ducks. Dark-eyed Junco (races) ... Red-breasted Merganser - … The body of the bird has a broad white strip down the back and it has grey flanks and a black back. 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