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An occasional winter visitor to lower stretches of Dorset rivers.



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Common Name Goosander
Scientific Name Mergus merganser
Status Occasional
Interest Level
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Harbours, estuaries and lagoons
  • Lakes and ponds
  • Reed beds
Look for Long billed diving duck on sheltered waters and on lakes and rivers
Additional Identification Notes
  • A winter visitor to Dorset seen mainly from November through until April
  • Unlike their cousin, the red-breasted merganser, they are rarely seen at sea preferring sheltered waters or lakes and rivers
  • The male is black and white whereas the female is red-headed with a grey body
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