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Re: [Mendobirds] f Barrow's Goldeneye at WWTP

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  • Karen Havlena
    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
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      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!!!
       
      Karen Havlena
      N of Ft Bragg, MEN, CA


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      From: George Chaniot <chaniot@...>
      To: Mendobirds <mendobirds@yahoogroups.com>
      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
      Goldeneyes.
      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.

      George Chaniot
      Potter Valley, MEN, CA




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