Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) – Reported Jan 31, 2014 08:15 by Luke Berg – Peterborough – Youngs Point, Peterborough, Ontario – Map:,-78.2343292&ll=44.4877192,-78.2343292 – Checklist: – Comments: “**Different bird than reported yesterday.I could not locate the previously reported immature male bird in a large flock of 60 or so Common Goldeneye, but the flock flew off before I was done scanning. I was about to leave when I saw a female Common Goldeneye swimming right under the bridge. Then a second bird popped up and I realized it was a female Barrow’s Goldeneye. I had great views of it side by side with 2 female Common Goldeneye and could see the difference in head colour and shape as well as the difference in bill shape and colour (the bill was about two thirds yellow). At one point they were close enough together that I could even see the difference in size (the Barrow’s appeared slightly shorter than the Common). I did obtain two fairly poor quality photos.”

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Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.