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Old Feb 14, 2004, 3:05 PM   #1
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Just popped in to say hi, it's been a while since my last visit.

Here's a Merganser cruising for breakfast

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Old Feb 14, 2004, 9:12 PM   #2
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It has been a while. I hope life is treating you well.

That isn't a common or red throated, so is that a female hooded?

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Old Feb 15, 2004, 5:54 AM   #3
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Hi Eric, good to "see" you!!
Been busy with several other projects but things are going very well. Going by my Sibley's Guide (pg.102) I'm thinking it is a common or a redbreasted variety, but it looks to have some characteristics of both
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 8:16 AM   #4
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I don't have my book here, so I'll check when I go down. I didn't think that either had the fanning head... but I really only know the males in both those birds, so I could easily be wrong.

It's good to hear that you are doing well. Other than probably requring surgery on my knees things are ok. Slows down the shooting a lot, though. :evil: Not that that is stopping me from considering either a 600mm or Sigma's 300-800.

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Old Feb 15, 2004, 1:49 PM   #5
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HA! (ok, I'm happy 'cause I've blown a few IDs recently, but I got this one right.)

No, that is a female hooded adult. The beak is only black on the hooded. Also, the black wings (folded on the top of the back) is only that dark on the hooded.

At least that is the way it looks from my "The Sibley Guide to Birds" and Kaufman's "Birds of North America".

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Old Feb 15, 2004, 4:41 PM   #6
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Wonderful, as usual
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Old Feb 16, 2004, 5:02 AM   #7
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Well I'm glad we've got the ID thing straightened out :lol:
There are one or two more types prowling around in the area I'm shooting in, hopefully I'll be able to get some shots to post.

Tracey it's good to see you!!! Could you guys PLEASE keep all that cold air to yourselves !!! My oil bills are starting to look like the Nat'l debt!!
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Old Feb 17, 2004, 8:59 AM   #8
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Ha! Ha! :lol:
It has been an unusually cold winter here too and I'm really looking forward to Spring
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Old Feb 17, 2004, 2:55 PM   #9
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Aren't we all. It's been a brutal around Boston too.

I am sick of wearing.... 4 layers on my legs (including fleece-lined jeans) and two sets of gloves.

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I don't miss those brutal winters I had in Fargo, ND and Billings, MT!!!! :shock:
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