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19 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I think the first ones are identifiable. Look at the bill shape and the wispy crest.

True, though in my experience the wispyness of the crest isn’t reliable. 

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38 minutes ago, Avery said:

The second photo is a Common Merganser. The first ones I can’t tell because their necks are washed out from the sunlight

@Viurre, any more photos of the females?

On closer review, the leftmost bird could have a sharp line between light and dark on the neck, and I could convince myself there's white below the bill.  I could switch to Team Common with some better shots.

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