25 December 2012


There is a rather small, urban lake very near where I live in Elk Grove.  Last winter I found that for some reason it attracted a surprising amount of waterfowl.  Included in what we saw last year were a couple of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES, a species I hadn't spent all that much time around.

So, my goal this fall/winter has been simple; to check this lake more often.

I did just the other day and this flock greeted me:

Included in the flock were at least 3 BARROW'S GOLDENEYES including this male:

Check out how different the posture and head feathering can look based on behavior; actively diving or not:

For more details on what we saw at this particular stop, check out our checklist: