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Courting Barrow’s Goldeneyes

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The majority of Barrow’s goldeneyes (Bucephala islandica) breed in Northwestern North America. (Small populations also breed in Eastern Canada and Iceland.) These ducks move slightly south into the Pacific Northwest during the winter. Between December and April, Barrow’s goldeneyes form … Continue reading

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Male Common Goldeneye

In my last post I showed the female common goldeneye, which is a “near twin” to the female Barrow’s goldeneye (Bucephata islandica). So while I wait for the tree leaves, grasses, wildflowers and other spring flora and fungi to belatedly … Continue reading

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Female Common Goldeneye

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As I have mentioned before,  many female ducks are a dull, mottled brown color and difficult to tell apart, at least on first glance. Then there are the ducks, such as the Barrow’s and common goldeneyes, where the two species … Continue reading

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Female Barrow’s Goldeneye

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One thing that always amazes me is the difference in the species and numbers of birds one sees from year to year. For example, last winter there were very few swans in our area, I had to search to find … Continue reading

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Barrow’s Goldeneye

It was about 10° F when Leonard and I headed off to Baum Lake (Shasta County CA) yesterday morning. I was not certain how active the wildlife would be, so was pleasantly surprised to count 32 different bird species – … Continue reading

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