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 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S50367585>, 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.