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Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

Description:

Golden eye,female? If so first sighting. Not the best picture because the duck was too fast.

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13 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Classic common goldeneye, no reason to think it's a hybrid with a bufflehead just because it's hanging out with one. They do share the same habitat, they are likely to bump into each other every now and then :)

Jellis
Jellis 6 years ago

As mentioned before by Malcom the Sibley's guide bottom drawing shows on variation of a sloping bill from forehead. The difference still is the top of the head. Common crests back and Barrow's is forward. Like the difference between the Scaups.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

Thnx jellis. Might do that. The beak looks like that of a shovelers.

Jellis
Jellis 6 years ago

Don't see the Bufflehead. But if you want confirmation on what it is I would suggest posting on the Bird Forum
http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.ph...

Jellis
Jellis 6 years ago

I don't see any suggestion of a Barrow's though

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

unless it is some kind of hybrid of buffle head x common goldeneye.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

Thanks Jellis and Malcolm. I will go with Common.

I was looking at the wings and the contrasting white patch indicates Common rather than Barrow's. Going by my book the bill size looks too big for either but they are only drawings!

Jellis
Jellis 6 years ago

You never know. Someone spotted a Common X Barrow's male.

Jellis
Jellis 6 years ago

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barr...
I forgot to mention that the head shape is wrong for Barrow's

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

Thanks Jellis. i knew i could count on you. It was hanging around with a male bufflehead. Might have some hybrid offsprings,which is quite possible.

Jellis
Jellis 6 years ago

No it's a common. Barrow's have almost complete yellow bill as the female Common is mostly dark with yellow near the end.

HemaShah
Spotted by
HemaShah

California, USA

Spotted on Jan 19, 2016
Submitted on Jan 19, 2016

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