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  • earlorfphotos

    on April 20, 2009

    Hi Linda, The Barrow's Goldeneye is a Western bird so he is certainly way out of his range. Most ducks seem to pair up on their wintering site. So, he probably found the love of his life there and followed her back to Minnesota which is a likely spot for a Common Goldeneye. He was only seen for a couple of days so he (and probably she as well) have moved on. It's anybody's guess as to where they will settle down. There are certainly records of mating between these two species so this could be one of those pairings.
    Earl

  • Linda Russell

    on April 20, 2009

    So, Earl, is the Barrow's goldeneye lost? Will it mate with a common goldeneye? (Horrors! That sounds like royalty marrying a commoner!) Or might it find its way back where he belongs?