Common Goldeneye [Bucephala clangula] ~ 2016 #15

Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye ~ The Pier at White Rock, BC ~ Jan 24, 2016

There were sure a lot of ducks out on this day, I really have to go to White Rock more often in the winter months. Hanging out with the Grebe and the Scoters were a bunch of Common Goldeneye. The distinguishing feature of the Common vs Barrows Goldeneye is that the Barrows’ male has a larger white smudge on their face, while the Common Goldeneye’s male has a spot near their bill.

Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye ~ The Pier at White Rock, BC ~ Jan 24, 2016

The female does look quite different as you can tell by this picture below of a Common Goldeneye flock, paddling around Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park.

According to ebird the Common Goldeneye can be found around the lower mainland from November to March.

Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye ~ Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC ~ Feb 8, 2016

OTHER POSTS SHOWING THE COMMON GOLDENEYE:

Common Goldeneye [Bucephala clangula] ~ #24

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