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This particular bes-scie, as all mergansers are called in southern Louisiana, is mainly a bird of the coastal waterways, moderately common from the last part of October until the end of April, with a few remaining until as late as June 22. It is especially numerous in Cameron Parish, in Barataria and Vermilion bays, in Lake Borgne, and in Chandeleur Sound. It has probably always been much less common on inland freshwater lakes, but this seems to have been particularly true since 1935. I counted over 100 individuals of this species on False River on December 13, 1934, but in more recent years I have seen it there only occasionally and in very small numbers. In terms of absolute frequency of reports from the interior, it runs a close second to Common Merganser, and it too has been found as far north in the state as Caddo Lake; but a much smaller proportionate number of its sightings have been in noncoastal settings.
The male Red-breasted MErganser has a conspicuously crested, green-glossed blackish head that is separated from the dull reddish breast by a white collar. This combination of characters, together with its brownish sides, really distinguishes it from the male Common Merganser, which is green headed but immaculate white or pale pinkish white on the entire breast and along the sides. The females of the two species are, however, much more difficult to separate. In each the head is reddish, but the two differ in the prominence of the white on the throat and the base of the neck. In the Common Merganser the white throat stands out in sharp contrast to the reddish areas of the head and neck. In the present species the reddish part of the head and neck blend with the white of the throat and foreneck.
--George H. Lowery, Jr., 1974, Louisiana Birds
|Birds of Louisiana-- more photos of Louisiana birds by LOS members accompanied by Lowery's accounts from Louisiana Birds.|
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|WHAT'S NEW INSIDE|
| 2017 Winter Meeting Minutes. |
| The Journal of Louisiana Ornithology -- Volume 10, January 2017. |
| LOS NEWS -- Winter 2017 issue. |
|2017 LOS Winter Meeting, January 27-29, Baton Rouge - information. |
| Official Louisiana Field Checklist - August 2016.|
| Louisiana Review List - August 2016.|
|Publication Guidelines -- Journal of Louisiana Ornithology |
|GUIDELINES FOR LOS GRANT REQUESTS|
| Comment on Rose-breasted vs. Black-headed grosbeaks in fall from Dr. J.V. Remsen, Curator of Birds, LSU Museum of Natural Science|
| More on Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID from Dr. J.V. Remsen, Curator of Birds, LSU Museum of Natural Science|
|Comment on Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID from Dr. J.V. Remsen, Curator of Birds, LSU Museum of Natural Science|
|America's Wetland Birding Trail - Loops, sites, descriptions and directions.|
|Bird Louisiana - a bird festivals website. |
|LA CBC results - edited by Marty Floyd and Megan M. Smith|
|The Louisiana Parish Checklist Project - a project undertaken by Rosemary Seidler to produce a checklist for each of Louisiana?s 64 parishes.|
| All-time highest individual U.S. counts from LA CBCs and from 110th CBC|
Recent Louisiana Rarities
|Banding Red-tailed Hawks - notes and photos of field trip led by Bill Clark. Submitted by Dave Patton.|
| 100 years of CBC results -- from National Audubon Society.|
| Voices From Our Past|
Stephen Russell, LOS President in 1963 and 1964, recently donated a near complete set of LOS News dating back to issue No. 17, published in November 1958. Thanks to Dr. Russell, past articles and issues of particular interest can now be posted on the LOS website.
"Birding on an Oil Production Platform" by Brent Ortego, from issue No. 78, published 15 July 1977.
"The Demise of the Brown Pelican in Louisiana" by Donald Norman and Robert D. Purrington, from issue No. 55, published 15 August 1970.
"The Louisiana State List" by George H. Lowery, Jr., issue No.56, published 30 October 1970.
"The Big Gulf Watch" by Robert J. Newman, issue No.33, published 05 June 1963.
"The Nesting of Cliff Swallows" by Marshall B. Eyster, issue No. 90, published 01 October 1980.
"The LOS Yard Lists, 1991" by John Sevenair, from issue No. 146, published 02 April 1992.
A Late Fall Pelagic Bird Survey off Western Louisiana, Part II by Steven W. Cardiff, from issue No. 146, published 02 April 1992.
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