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.
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.
OTHER POSTS SHOWING THE COMMON GOLDENEYE: