Hi everyone and here we are with another bird to look at. This is the male “common goldeneye” which I have shown here before on my blog but have never really talked about them much. These ducks breed right through the Boreal forest region of Canada and into Alaska. They can also be found in states such as Montana, Minnesota and into the northeast. They are strong flying birds that can reach speeds of 40mph (about 65kph), and also produce a whistling sound with their wings as they fly. These are diving ducks that eat crustaceans, minnows, fish eggs and much more. They spend their winters on the Atlantic, Pacific and gulf coasts, but large flocks can be found as far north as there is open water, such as here on our river. They are one of our most common ducks but actual numbers are not known.
Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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