This pair of Common Goldeneyes was found recently paddling and diving near the beach behind the Mitchell Bath House on Surf Drive. This medium sized diving duck is a regular winter visitor in salt water bays, harbors and along the coast line. The male Goldeneye is stunning with a mostly white body, a black back, and distinctive white oval spots on both cheeks in front of goldeneyes. The female has a brownish gray body, a chocolate brown head, a black bill with an orange tip and a yellowish white eye. Look for Goldeneyes in Vineyard Sound all along Surf Drive.
Links for more info:
All about Birds: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Goldeneye/id/ac
Delta Waterfowl: http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/research/bios/commongoldeneye/index.php
Flyways US: http://www.flyways.us/duck-identification-resources/sea-ducks/common-goldeneye
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