Goldeneye


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These two images of a Male and Female Common Goldeneye are from early winter.   I am going through past images because all of my spring photography trips are cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Common Goldeneye (Bucephalus clangula) is a beautiful, readily recognized little duck. In spring and summer they breed in the colder parts of the United States in upper Michigan, Minnesota and Canada.  Goldeneye are cavity nesters. They frequently lay their eggs in abandoned woodpecker holes, natural tree cavities or nest boxes.  In winter they retreat to the warmer areas of the United States in saltwater bays and ice free deep lakes. The Goldeneye is one of the last ducks of the season to head south. They migrate in flocks and are very fast muscular fliers.

The Common Goldeneye has been nicknamed The Whistler because of the loud whistling noise their wings make as they fly.  


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