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PatMatrick

Mergansers???

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All that I can see well - first photo is best for ID - are Commons. If you look closely you will see a rather straight and distinct border on their necks between their heads and breast. RB Mergs don't have that; the light breast color keeps going up to their throats. That's an easy way to separate them. Sometimes - including here - both the bills and crests of Commons can look similar to RB.

The other difference is size. There could be a RB mixed in with these and that would be the first thing to look for in a flock like this. 

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I'm seeing all Red-breasted Mergansers in the first photo.  Their white throats are not defined enough to be Commons and their bills look slim and slightly curved upwards which fits Red-breasted.  In the second photo I believe there is a female Common Merganser second to the right of the gull.

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2 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I'm seeing all Red-breasted Mergansers in the first photo.  Their white throats are not defined enough to be Commons and their bills look slim and slightly curved upwards which fits Red-breasted. 

I agree about the bills on some of those birds in the first photo. But I have never seen an RB Merg with such a defined neck border. ?

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If you look at that first photo, every bird facing the camera has a pale throat that seems blended. None of them has a distinct white throat patch. I think you're running into a problem of resolution.

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