- Hello Mendobirders, Sunday afternoon 10/14/01 in the inlet to Lake
Mendocino associating with mutitudinous mallards was a single female Common
Merganser with some type of (probable) radio device attached to her head.
Emanating from the center rear of her head were 2 thin white wirelike
antennae(?) which swept around forwards towards her bill, one on each side.
Anyone know what type of implement this is and what it's being used for?
Wasn't doing much for her social life as there are currently a hundred or
so gregarious mergansers on the lake and specieswise she was quite alone.
(Would seem to provide rather skewed data too if it's supposed to identify
where the flock is.)
- At 10:45 PM -0700 10/14/01, vishnu wrote:
>Hello Mendobirders, Sunday afternoon 10/14/01 in the inlet to LakeThis sounds like a pretty good description of a duck with a rubber
>Mendocino associating with mutitudinous mallards was a single female Common
>Merganser with some type of (probable) radio device attached to her head.
>Emanating from the center rear of her head were 2 thin white wirelike
>antennae(?) which swept around forwards towards her bill, one on each side.
band wrapped around it's head and bill. I have seen this on a number
of diving ducks although none were mergansers. All the birds I have
seen, so afflicted, had the band stretched from the back of the head
(usually partially obscured by the plumage) and around to the front
so that it was between the mandibles. I suspect they got that way
trying to eat something with the band on it or inadvertently
This stress factor may account for your birds separation from the others.
/ o\_ Gerald Mugele
/ )-- \ MewGull@...
/ | Glen Ellen, CA
*** "If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be
clever enough to be crows." -- Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, mid 1800s
Sounds just like a six-pac holder to me. . .wish I could come catch the bird
and relieve it of its burden. . .
. . .radio transmitters are usually attached to a diving birds back and tail,
never to the head, as it would interfere with movement and there's always the
problem of it slipping down around the neck and choking or otherwise hindering
the birds' progress.
If there is a way for you to catch the bird, please get it over to Penny Seaman
in Ukiah. SHe is the director of the rehab group I volunteer for: Critter Care
Wildlife Rescue Team. Call her if you catch the bird. 462-4032.