The Common Merganser is a fish-eating duck that rides low in the water on freshwater lakes and rivers. The male in breeding plumage has a white belly, breast, and flanks with a gray rump and black back. The crestless head is dark green, the bill is red, and the eye is dark. The female Common Merganser has a solid gray body with a reddish-brown head. She has a narrow, red, serrate bill and white chin-patch at the base of the lower mandible. The short crest of the female is often not obvious. The male in non-breeding plumage is similar to the female, with some white on his back. Juveniles are also similar, but have a white bar across the face.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 2€“98 Shell Rd Phippsburg ME United States
Friday, January 1, 2016 Phippsburg ME United States
Sunday, January 1, 2017 50 Cottage Rd South Portland ME United States
Sunday, January 7, 2018 10 Water St Damariscotta ME United States
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