Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

Juvenile and female common mergansers (Mergus merganser) have grey bodies, white chests and cinnamon heads. Since I cannot distinguish any dark green feathers, which begin to appear during the first winter, on the head or white chin, this bird appears to be a female. The common merganser’s diet consists primarily of fish. The merganser in the picture was industriously “fishing” on Hat Creek below the first hydro plant (Shasta County CA).

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