Foraging ecology of flightless male red-breasted mergansers
in the Gulf of St.
They are green-winged teal, northern pintail, greater scaup, red-breasted merganser
, black-bellied plover, ruddy turnstone, sanderling, least sandpiper, white-rumped sandpiper, and white-crowned sparrow.
Common name Genus and species Canada Goose Branta canadensis Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Bufflehead Bucephala albeola Red-breasted Merganser
Mergus serrator American Coot Fulica americana American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea American Goldfinch Carduelis ristis Table 2 Winter resident bird species in the Grand Calumet River corridor.
A bashful male red-breasted merganser
was among the birds spotted swimming in a cove area of the upper lake.
Although several types of duck will occasionally eat fish, the goosander and its close cousin, the red-breasted merganser
, are adapted to do so, thanks to their long and serrated beaks that are ideal for gripping onto slippery prey.
A red-breasted merganser
was clocked at 100 mph while being pursued by an airplane.
In spring or autumn there may be an osprey fishing the estuary, or a red-breasted merganser
diving for fish.
This year I have tried to see species that I failed to connect with last year, species like red-breasted merganser
and jack snipe, which I have fortunately encountered when I was looking for the shore lark at Whitford Point.
Mergansers--Common merganser, Red-breasted merganser
, Hooded merganser
The competition's Flight category was won by Peter Tapsell with his picture of an arctic tern, while the Open section was taken by Roger Forster's image of a red-breasted merganser