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Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator

Description:

I think it was a type of merganser because of its beak but I didn't get a great look because the sun was so bright as it set. It was brownish I think and had some white on its wing

Habitat:

Salt or brackish water

6 Comments

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 8 years ago

No don't be I'm glad you caught it. :)

JimBob
JimBob 8 years ago

Sorry if I added confusion... I completely agree with Red-breasted Merganser.

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 8 years ago

Yup I made a mistake. I misread it Red-breasted Mergansers are wintering birds. Thanks for the catch JimBob. Though I still think it is a Red-breasted Merganser. Maybe look at the bills in comparison to the head and the elongation of the body? It just looks like a Red-breasted Merganser to me.

Machi
Machi 8 years ago

I used the ebird dynamic map and it seems like both species can be found in my area when you enter the Mar-May time range, but from Jun-Jul they are almost completely gone from Florida.

JimBob
JimBob 8 years ago

Just want to say, Rosa, Red-breasted Mergansers are winter birds in Florida as well. The last ones of them tend to leave in May, according to eBird.org.

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 8 years ago

There are two Merganser species that come and go in Florida. Hooded Mergansers come in the winter while Red-breasted Mergansers are here in the summer.

Machi
Spotted by
Machi

Florida, USA

Spotted on May 3, 2014
Submitted on May 5, 2014

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