Goosander (Common Merganser) Mergus merganser

The wintering population of Goosanders in Norfolk has never been particularly numerous, though it seems to have increased a bit in recent years. Sparham Pools and Denver Sluice are two of the most reliable sites, though individuals may occur on any suitable river or lake.

A pair bred in Norfolk for the first time ever in 2007.

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Goosander, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th December 2008

 

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Goosander, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd December 2003

 

male Goosander, Lochmaben (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2003

 

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Goosanders, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 16th January 2005

 

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Goosanders, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 28th December 2006

 

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Goosander, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 20th March 2010

 

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first-year male Goosander, Mill Street, Elsing (Norfolk, UK), 23rd April 2011

 

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first-year male Goosander, Mill Street, Leathes Ham, Lowestoft (Suffolk, UK), 8th April 2012

 

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male Goosander, Loch of Kinnordy (Angus, UK), 30th December 2013

 

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Goosanders, Vossemeerdijk, northwest of Kampen (Overijssel, Netherlands), 2nd February 2014

 

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Goosanders, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 28th March 2010 - presumably the bird in the upper photos is a first-year male

 

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male and female Goosanders (with Grey Heron and Teal), Mill Street, Elsing (Norfolk, UK), 11th February 2012

 

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male Goosander, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 31st December 2007

 

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Goosanders, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 24th February 2007

 

Goosanders, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 24th March 2007

 

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male Goosander, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 2nd February 2008

 

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juvenile Goosander, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 11th February 2012

 

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Goosander, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 7th December 2008

 

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Goosanders, Saddlebow (Norfolk, UK), 10th January 2009

 

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Goosanders, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 29th March 2009

 

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Goosanders, Whitlingham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 3rd January 2010

 

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Goosander, Bowness on Windermere (Cumbria, UK), 27th December 2012

 

Goosander, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 18th December 2009

 

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Goosanders, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 20th December 2008

 

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Goosanders, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 8th December 2012

 

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male Goosander, Crawford (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 27th December 2010

 

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captive male and female Goosanders, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014

 

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male Goosander, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 19th January 2008

 

North American birds of the race americanus differ slightly from European birds of the nominate race, for example they have a slightly deeper bill-base. The alternative name "Common Merganser" is usually used instead of Goosander in North America.

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male North American Goosander ("Common Mergansers"), Bass Lake (California, USA), 4th May 2005

 

North American Goosanders ("Common Mergansers"), Campbell River (BC, Canada), 12th September 2006