January 18, 2015

Common goldeneye

We went looking for a Barrow's goldeneye on the St. Clair River a few days back.
We didn't find the Barrow's but we did see this common goldeneye.
Still a good looking bird.

Bucephala clangula

The eyes of a Common Goldeneye are gray-brown at hatching. They turn purple-blue, then blue, then green-blue as they age. By five months of age they have become clear pale green-yellow. The eyes will be bright yellow in adult males and pale yellow to white in females.

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