Date: 11/25/18 9:35 am From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Possible Barrow's Goldeneye at Fort Fisher, NC
Possible Barrow’s swimming with a Common Goldeneye at Fort Fisher, NC in the Aquarium Pond off the Basin Trail.
Pictures at below ebird link. Of note was the all yellow/orange bill and a warmer chestnut brown color which doesn’t come off nicely in the pictures but myself and two others both noted in the field.
Sibley’s has a paper on this ID which is tough on a female Goldeneye. Apparently bill size overlaps and Common can have a yellow variant although in November it would be pretty rare. Bill shape needs to be closely considered.
I think Derb is on his way down to check.
There was a guy with a 600mm lens taking great shots, I will see if I can get him to send some pics.