Sunday, March 11, 2012

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Common Name: Common Merganser
Scientific Name: Mergus merganser
Date: March 11, 2012
Time: ~
Location: Arroyo Simi (west of First Street)
Season: Late Winter
Conditions: Clear, calm and cool; low 50s
Sex: Male and Female
Habitat: Lakes, rivers, coastal bays, and estuaries.
Status and Distribution: Considered common in North America, although a vagrant in the east. Winters as far north as there is open water. Summer range includes the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast, and Canada to Alaska.  
Notes: The Common Mergansers is reported to be a good indicator species for determining the contamination levels.

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