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Saw these mergansers in November 2017.  I identified them through my (cheap) binoculars as Red-breasteds at the time, but I have a hard time trusting myself sometimes. So what do you think?  They are preening in the photos (the only photos I got), so their heads are upside down.

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Yeah, well, it makes me feel better about my other merganser IDs. The reason I started questioning my merganser IDs is because I had only seen a Red-breasted Merganser once in my life before that month and I haven't seen one since... I reported six Red-breasteds that November (without good photos) and wondered if I was making Commons into something I wanted to see more. ?

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15 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

So, RB on the left, CO on the right?

Yes, that's correct.

I think it's important to get photos of similar species like this, but sometimes (especially when we're in the car) all I get is a glimpse through my binoculars or I just get a poor, backlit, blurry photo.  I don't trust my memory...I am constantly telling the driver to stop (in the middle of the road) so I can take photos.  There's a reason I don't drive when we go on birding tips... :classic_wacko:

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