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 Post subject: Common or Barrow's Goldeneye female?
PostPosted: Nov 27 2:22 am 
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Please help me ID this duck. It was in the pond on the Courtenay Air Park on November 23, 2017. Thanks in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Common or Barrow's Goldeneye female?
PostPosted: Nov 27 6:32 am 
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My good friend :wink: David Sibley says this about females in winter -
"From about November to May nearly all females can be identified by bill color: on Common the bill is blackish with a small subterminal pale yellow patch; on Barrow’s the bill is mostly bright orange-yellow."
So from the pic one would assume its a Common Goldeneye.

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 Post subject: Re: Common or Barrow's Goldeneye female?
PostPosted: Nov 28 9:43 pm 
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Thank you. :D


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