Date: 11/18/20 10:58 am
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye Sheldrake Pt
Hi Dave and all,
Thanks for posting this. Definitely an interesting bird, and nice job
picking it out. While it does have some characteristics you might look for
in a female Barrow's Goldeneye, ultimately this seems to be an
orange-billed Common Goldeneye, an uncommon but regular variant. In fact,
it looks quite similar to a bird (an apparent Common) I photographed just
north of Sheldrake in December 2018 (photos here
<>, though they won't be visible until
the eBird maintenance is complete later today or tomorrow). Particularly
the length of bill is unlike typical Barrow's Goldeneye. Hard to be sure
these birds aren't hybrids of course, and it would be hard to tell, but the
general consensus seems to be they are more likely aberrant/variant Commons.

There is also a similar bird <> that
has returned for several years around Irondequoit Bay.

And Dave's photo again, for comparison:


On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 12:40 PM Dave K <fishwatchers...> wrote:

> Forehead and bill size is different from the other three.
> Yellow bill, different color head (darker brown?) and iris (darker yellow).
> Seen this morning on Cayuga Lake South of Sheldrake Pt. just beyond
> Deerlick Springs Rd.
> More pics available.
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Jay McGowan
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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