I usually canoe on the Winooski every spring/early summer and always see
Mergansers, often with trailing lines of furry chicks. I'm usually a
little farther upstream in Bolton/Jonesville.
950 Bert White Road
Huntington, VT 05462
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] Common Mergansers in Richmond
> Pretty certain that I saw three COMMON MERGANSERS on the Winooski
> Bridge Street in Richmond yesterday afternoon... one male swimming
> south of the bridge, and a pair (male and female) resting on the
> on the northeast side of the river. I pulled over in a driveway and
> the binos after spying a bright white something with a dark head
> the river.
> The dark green head, white body, and red bill of the swimming male
> plainly visible. However, while I have seen mergansers before, I did
> immediately ID these as such because the swimming male's bill looked
> pointy than I'm accustomed to seeing on mergs (I have to assume it was
> angle of view, b/c everything else was consistent with a merg) and
> I've always seen them on lakes and ponds in the past, not in rivers.
> The pair on the spit had their heads tucked under their wings and my
> was partially obscured by low-hanging tree branch, but I could make
> striking dark green of the male's head and his white body, and just
> him, the top of a brown head peeking out. The resting male was
> the same species as the swimming male. I am therefore assuming that
> brown head cuddled up behind him was a female.
> I feel pretty confident in the ID, but if anyone else has seen them
> mistaken, please do correct me. I'll keep watch in the coming weeks
> would be lovely to discover they're nesting nearby.
> Miriam Lawrence
> Monkton Ridge
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