When I was at the Willits WTP a few days ago, I looked very carefully at the
goldeneyes in all three ponds. Since there were quite a few, I hoped to see
a Barrow's. Congratulations to George for finding one!!!
N of Ft Bragg, MEN, CA
From: George Chaniot <chaniot@...
To: Mendobirds <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 5:11 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] f Barrow's Goldeneye at WWTP
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 - From about 2:45 to 3:00 this afternoon I observed a
female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at the Willits wastewater treatment plant. It was
in the first (S.) pond mostly in the open water on the E. side. Also
present were three female, one 1st-year male, and one adult male Common
The bird in question was seen side-by-side with female Common
Goldeneyes, and by comparison its bill was smaller and triangular, the
forehead was much steeper, the head was peaked in the front with a "flat-top
with a ducktail" look. The bill was mostly dark with a orangish-yellow tip
similar to one of the Common Goldeneye females. Side-by-side with Common
Goldeneye females its head appeared darker brown, and it was darker gray on
the back and along the waterline. It spread its wings and flapped once and
spread a wing to the side once - revealing a narrow, white speculum and no
noticeable white on the median coverts (the latter character is not
diagnostic for immature females).
It was a good match for the 1st winter 'male' (mislabled?) on the right
side p47 of Natl Geo #5. It finally disappeared behind the cattails, and I
could not find it again.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
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