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Barrow's Goldeneye -- Westport STP 2/6/07

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  • Karen Havlena
    Hi Birders-- The Barrow s Goldeneye (99.9% sure) is still at the Westport STP along Hwy 1. Jim and I saw the bird again Tuesday AM. The bird is most likely
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      Hi Birders-- The Barrow's Goldeneye (99.9% sure) is still at the Westport STP
      along Hwy 1. Jim and I saw the bird again Tuesday AM. The bird is most likely
      a first year female. Looking with scopes, the yellow wash over a dark bill extends
      almost up to the base of the upper mandible on the LEFT side of the bill. The right
      side of the bill has less yellow showing through.
      The bill shape is good for Barrow's; it is smaller and straighter than the Common
      accompanying the Barrow's. The angle of the forehead is more abrupt and the
      crown seems more bulbous on the front of the crown, while the peak on the
      Common's head is more at the top of the crown.
      Also, there appears to be much more white on the folded wing. Consistently, the
      Barrow's has just a little white showing toward the tail end, while the Common
      has a long stripe of white showing along the sides.
      The Westport STP is at the north end of town. Turn east up a dirt drive. One has
      to walk up behind the large pond about halfway down the pond. The Goldeneyes
      usually stay toward the north end of the pond. There is a viewing platform, but it
      is only available Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 10 AM for part of the day.

      Karen Havlena
      North of Fort Bragg



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