Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Red-Breasted Merganser

01/28/14

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

I am sharing the Red-breasted and Common Mergansers.  The Red-Breasted Mergansers were seen at Barnegat Lighthouse and they can be found all along the Atlantic coast. Sorry for the lighting, it was a gray day.



I am pretty sure these are female Red-breasted Mergansers with their shaggy crest.

Above are the Red-Breasted Mergansers. The male has a rusty breast, white neck and a shaggy crest.


 Common Mergansers have been seen on our lake in the winter. They are rarely found in salt water.


Above for comparison the male Common Merganser in the front left has a brilliant white bottom and a green head. The females have  a rufous head with a neat crest.  I think both Mergansers females have weird looking do's.




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66 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos! We just get teh red breasted mergansers over here, I see a lot of females and youngsters but rarely see males, which is a shame as they're so handsome!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen. lovely to see these birds however I think the last shot is Goosanders. Note they are larger, the male has an all white front, no rusty breast and the back plumage is different than the R.B Mergansers. what do you think?

Betty Manousos said...

good morning eileen,
such adorably handsome ducks and such beautiful shots, eileen!

have a great day and stay warm, i know you're having some cold weather.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

what cool hair styles. ( :

Leora said...

Such interesting plumage. I keep thinking some of them have really bad hair - I should reach for some shears.

Fjällripan said...

I find them so sweet with their funny hairstyle :)) Great photos of the mergansers!

Birgitta said...

Lovely bird photos! So nice to see. A happy week I also wish you!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really wish we had these birds where I live - they're so lovely to look at!

Lynne said...

Brrrrrr . . . tell them the water is COLD!

DeniseinVA said...

Super photos Eileen, I love looking at your different varieties of ducks. Have a great day :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I love seeing both the red-breasted and common mergansers. Here they swim in water that is surrounded by ice. Brrr.

Carver said...

Great shots. Last week was the first time I've seen a RB merganser at my neighborhood lake.

Irma said...

What a great series of these beautiful Mergansers.
Beautiful as bobbing in the water.

TexWisGirl said...

they're so cute - and 'punky'. :)

R. Mac Wheeler said...

I rarely get a glimpse of 'em.

Maybe I need to hang out on freshwater areas more

:O)

Reader Wil said...

It's so wonderful to see your bird photos, for they are quite different from those in Australia, which are also different from the European ones.Thanks for your visit. No, the Dutch clogs are not comfortable, but the Swedish are,
Wil, ABCW Team.

Gail Dixon said...

The merganser is such an interesting duck. How great to see more than one variety together.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I'm lovin' it!!!!

Linda W. said...

Love your merganzer photos!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love those mergansers and their shaggy crest! Looks like they are having a bad hair day.

Karen said...

I love their crests! Nice captures Eileen!

Łucja-Maria said...

This species of bird is not in my country.
Very interesting and beautiful water birds.
I send you warm greetings of distant Polish...
Lucia

Phil Slade said...

Good to see your comparison shots of the two species Eileen. I'm not seeing any of these guys and gals here in Lanzarote. I'm wishing some sunny days for you.

Montanagirl said...

Nice captures, Eileen! We get the Mergansers here as well, at a local lake. I love seeing them.

Gattina said...

They look rather funny with their red heads !

Betsy Adams said...

I enjoy seeing ALL of the Mergansers. Beautiful --no matter which 'kind' they are...

Stay WARM today. Brrrrr.
Hugs,
Betsy

DIMI said...

Ηello Eileen!!Great post!!!Amazing shots!!I have never seen the red breasted mergansers!So preety ducks!Wish you a happy and warm week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Ileana said...

Beautiful photos of beautiful birds!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Great shots! The females do have some funny hairdos haha!

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Rambling Woods said...

Nice photo post on the mergansers. I only see hoodies sometimes during migration when they stop on the pond.. Michelle

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They definitely have wild and crazy 'hair-dos" but what a beautiful duck!

A Quiet Corner said...

Since I have only seen them in books, magazines and on the net, up close and personal is great!...:)JP

George said...

These are marvelous photos of a duck we don't see around here. Thanks for sharing these with us.

Powell River Books said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Critter post.

We have Common Mergansers at our cabin. They are pretty much resident, but I do see more in the warmer months. A week ago, a lone male came by out front.

Margy

genie said...

What a nice set of photos. The ducks are so pretty and interesting. That water looks SOSOSOSO cold.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

We have a lot of mergansers but I guess they are not red breasted. I do have the same weather though.

Giga said...

To są piękne ptaki i szkoda, że u nas ich nie ma. Pozdrawiam.
These are beautiful birds and a shame that with us they do not. Yours.

Tammy said...

Great shots, Eileen! Mergansers are such interesting looking ducks! Love their funky do's!!

Stephanie said...

Nice shots!

Brian King said...

Very pretty ducks! I haven't seen either species, except in photos.

edenhills said...

They certainly do have a wild hair day going on!

diane b said...

I think someone is having a bad hair day.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the info... Unusual birds to me. I agree with the previous comment - the water looks cold!

Our photos said...

Lovely are the ducks.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos. I've occasionally seen female common mergansers, but never a male.

Dianne said...

I love those shaggy wigs on the mergansers ... so very cute Eileen.

Bob Bushell said...

So pretty Eileen, great photos of the Merganser.

Nancy Claeys said...

I do love their unusual "hair-do's" :)

Gordon said...

Great set of pics Eileen, its a while sisnce I've seen either of these species.
Take care, Gordon.

Blackberry Lane said...

Hello Eileen, I am running behind with blog reading due to our weather. These are lovely photos and a real treat for me to see. Wishing you a nice day.
Mildred

September Violets said...

We see these mergansers in northern Ontario when we're camping. I always think they're rather comical with their quick, purposeful swimming and funky hair ;) Wendy x

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos of the ducks. It looks a bit windy in your area...
Best regards, Synnöve

Maria said...

What hairdos they have!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
This is a very interesting post.
Mergansers are lovely ducks and I can't wait to see some.
It looks like we don't get them down where I live... Too bad!
I love their peculiar beaks!
Keep well!

Debbie said...

awesome images....love that punk rock hair do!!

Chris Rohrer said...

Mergansers are amazing birds....and to spot both in the same area makes the ID sometimes challenging:) I think I slide to RBME as my favorite of the two....but they are both cool:)

Caroline Gill said...

Such lovely birds. I only get to see Goosanders and Mergansers when I am in Scotland ... so great, Eileen, to see your photos now.

Adam Jones said...

I do like the Merganser. I don't see enough of them, so great to see your pictures.

Sue said...

Hi Eileen
Always love those "crazy hair" Merganser gals!

Small City Scenes said...

Very nice shots. Gray day or not. We have several type of Merganser drop in at our pond now and then. We call it the Pond Motel---stay a day or a week. MB

Celeste said...

Great photos Eileen, I love Mergansers those wild hairstyles are great!

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the female mergansers with their strange "hair dos". They always look like they are having a bad hair day.

Pam :) said...

The Mergansers are beautifull, I'd love to see them in person. Even salt water will no in winter.

Great series, Eileen.
Keep warm :)

prairiebirder said...

Lovely photos, Eileen! It would be so neat to see so many mergansers ant one time!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
Your photos are always fabulous; I enjoyed the varieties of colors and feathery heads of Mergansers♡♡♡

Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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