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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.

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On June 21, 2017, a friend and I were hiking at Overlooked Falls on the Little Carp River in the Porcupine Mountains in the UP of Michigan.  As we approached the falls, I saw a duck-sized flurry of feathers--perhaps black, white, and brown or russet--and a glimpse of a thin bill for perhaps a second before it disappeared around a rock on rapid duck-like wingbeats.  My question is:  what kind of duck--or duck-like bird--would frequent a rapidly descending stream in deep woods four miles and perhaps a hundred feet or so above Lake Superior?  The falls and rapids ran in old-growth hardwood forest over slick rock with no still pools.

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Sounds like a merganser of some kind. Male Hooded Mergansers have thin bills,are black, white, and reddish, but they shouldn't be on a fast-flowing stream like your bird. Common Mergansers, unlike Hooded, are often seen on fast-moving streams. 

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