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Aug 03, 2011 08:48 |  #1

I'm hoping the eagle-eyed ornithologists here on the forum can help identify this bird. It's been hanging out at he pond behind our house in eastern Massachusetts for a few days. It dives for fish and swims half-submerged. Occasionally it treads water for a few seconds and vigorously flaps its wings to shake them off, as seen in the photo below. Based on its downy head feathers, I'm thinking it's a juvenile. I'm not looking for photographic criticism, since this wasn't intended as fine photography, just a quick shot for identification. Any thoughts? Maybe a merganser?

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Aug 03, 2011 09:06 |  #2

I would guess it is a juvenile Hooded Merganser.




  
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Aug 03, 2011 09:27 |  #3

Jeff Dyck wrote in post #12869281 (external link)
I would guess it is a juvenile Hooded Merganser.

Interesting possibility. We get good sized groups of hooded mergansers (20-30 individuals) on the pond in the fall, so perhaps a juvenile has come early.


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