My Final Answer


This week’s photo, taken March 7, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features a female COMMON GOLDENEYE in flight.

Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes, in particular the females, are tough to tell apart, especially when the birds zoom by at a high rate of speed (and I’ve never seen a goldeneye fly at a slow rate of speed). That’s why I like to stop the action with a photo, and then later on in my comfortably cushioned chair, I cradle my computer and calmly compare characteristics of my captures with credible candidates for consideration.

Ok, no more alliteration for now.

The female COMMON GOLDENEYE has a bill that’s usually more black than yellow, the Common’s forehead is more gently sloped, and the female Common has more white on the wings than the Barrow’s. Therefore, this here’s a Common Goldeneye, and that’s my final answer.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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