This morning, I saw a breeding plumaged male BAGO with some Common Goldeneyes (COGO) near the 4th St. boat launch in Buena Vista. Yesterday, I saw it ,or another, farther east offshore near 10th St.
I suspect that this bird is the same one which I originally saw near Saskatchewan Beach along the north shore. When viewing conditions are favourable it is possible to identify this species with a scope from the south shore. Lately, the heat exchange distortion is too extreme for such viewing. I rarely visit the north shoe because of the extra distance and angle of the afternoon sun.
Today, there were two large groups of 150 + goldeneyes gathered in the many shallow scalloped bays scattered inshore from Regina to Lumsden Beach. This is the first time this fall that I have seen such large groups. Until now , they have been seen in smaller groups of 20 birds or less.
I saw none of this species in the rough water at Kinookimaw and did not check Little Arm or Trestle Bay . The rough road was too slippery for the drive as it was snowing heavily as I left near noon. The walk from Kinookinmaw is longer and the snow/rain mixture would make the journey less pleasant
There may have been a local movement of Common Goldeneyes because I saw 30+- at Condie Reservoir. They were sheltering from the wind and diving along the north shore. A Bonaparte's Gull was with them.
A group of 16 Canvasbacks continues at Lumsden Beach. They have been present for weeks.
Enjoy your birding
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