[CT Birds] breeding C Mergansers

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Sun Jun 8 12:36:17 EDT 2008

Common Mergamsers breed regularly on the Pomperaug and Naugatuck Rivers, and 
a couple of years ago Dennis Varza had a female with young on one of the big 
Fairfield County reservoirs (Aspetuck?), not all that far from the coast.

Greg Hanisek

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Subject: [CT Birds] breeding C Mergansers

>I am interested in Patrick's COA trip at Bend where they had a female 
>Common Merganser.
> Here in CT, I believe around 1982ish, I spotted a female common Merganser 
> with young on the Farmington river in Collinsville CT. This was the first 
> documented sighting of a breeding bird south of the  Barkhamsted / 
> Colebrook areas just south into CT of the Mass border where they had been 
> nesting since I believe the mid 70's. The first documented nesting was in 
> 1962, but CT Atlas does not say where this sighting was.
> So how far south has this species of duck reached as a breeder here in CT 
> since these dates?  Could you please post some of your southern breeding 
> sightings here on this post? Especially south of the Farmington river.
> Thanks,  Paul Carrier
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