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.


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