[Tweeters] Duck ID help?

mcallisters4 at comcast.net mcallisters4 at comcast.net
Tue Jan 1 20:29:04 PST 2019

I called it a young male Barrow's Goldeneye because it's clearly a goldeneye
and the faint white crescent at the base of the bill is an indication it's a
male and the shape would make it a Barrow's. The size of the bill also looks
more like a Barrow's Goldeneye since Common Goldeneye have quite large
bills, over-sized, I'd say.

Kelly McAllister

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Gene Beall
Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 7:39 PM
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Wow, I got 8 quick reply's to my query and there was quite the variation.
Thank you all so very much! The answers included:

* 1 for young male Common Goldeneye
* 1 for female Goldeneye. Not sure which one
* 2 for young (first year) male Barrow's Goldeneye
* 4 for female Common Goldeneye

Thus, it appears to be a goldeneye, but which one and which sex?

It was the whitish breast and black bill that were throwing me and keeping
me from thinking it was a Goldeneye in the first place. However, given the
consensus that it is a Goldeneye, I conclude that the brown head indicates a
young bird and the whitish breast indicates a male. As for Common vs.
Barrow's, it would seem to come down to the shape of the head and looking at
the three photos, honestly I can't see that it clearly points to one or the
other. I'd be happy to be educated on how to distinguish that and I welcome
further conversation to draw a definitive conclusion.

Thank you again to all those who responded thus far!!

Gene Beall

Sammamish, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] Duck ID help?

Could someone please help me with identifying this duck?

This individual was hanging out with a bunch of Greater Scaup and
Ring-necked ducks at Ocean Shores at the south end of the grand canal where
it outflows to the bay.

Thank you!

Gene Beall

Sammamish, WA

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