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Ducks at a Distance
A Waterfowl Identification Guide

Goldeneye


GIF -- Picture of Goldeneyes

These are active, strong-winged fliers moving singly or in small flocks, often high in the air. Distinctive wing-whistling sound in flight has earned the name of whistlers. Goldeneyes generally move south late in the season; most of them winter on coastal waters and the Great Lakes. Inland, they like rapids and fast water.

GIF -- Picture of Flock Pattern

Barrow's goldeneye, predominantly a westerner, is less wary than the common goldeneye. Hens of both species are look-alikes. Drakes have a piercing speer-speer - hens a low quack. Both are usually quiet.

GIF -- Picture of Wings


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