Kyle is correct...the male Barrow's Goldeneye is a pretty easy ID and was
quite approachable. I was able to note the teardrop-shaped spot behind the
bill, the mostly black back with white spots, the lack of green irridescence
that I could see on the Commons, the forward-sloping crown on the head, and
the smallish bill. It did associate with a female Common for a while. If
you're looking into the treatment facility, the bird was on the first pond
on the right side at noon today. It's a good idea to check in at the main
facility about 4(?) blocks N-NW of the actual ponds along River Road, but on
the east side of the road.
Thanks for the report, Kyle.
On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM, KCTEPO00 <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I enjoyed yesterday morning/afternoon in Grand Rapids while my wife was
> there for some school stuff. Along the Mississippi River there were Common
> Goldeneye, Hooded Mergansers, and Ring-Necked Ducks at just about every spot
> I checked (but little else, save a few Common Mergansers). Most interesting
> was the Barrow's Goldeneye at the Grand Rapids Sewage Ponds. It was
> virtually unmistakable, especially with the close viewing access there. It
> stood out immediately, compared to the many other Goldeneye near it. It
> tended to stay to itself, mostly. It was the first one I've ever seen!
> This was around noon yesterday.
> Thanks to Shawn Conrad whose website gave me ideas of places to go!
> Sorry for the late post, I didn't have internet access yesterday.
> Kyle TePoel
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