Precocious goldeneyes


The Audubon Society tells us that Barrow’s Goldeneyes are “found mainly in wild country of northwestern North America”. Chuckle, as the Barrow’s is fairly common here, apparently Audubon’s boffins suspect we lack roads.

An obviously bonded pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes travelled together along the waterfront. 

At one point he approached her using a courting display of pumping his head. It is not yet mid-November, yet Cornell’s insists that “males begin courtship” in December.

Soon afterwards, he was on her pulling himself in to mate by tugging on her head. Although it is not yet winter, also tells us that “winter [occurs] well before breeding season”.

After consummation, he seemed reluctant to let her go, and continued to hold her.

They separated, but did not part. These birds chose to make love rather than follow the manual.


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4 Responses to Precocious goldeneyes

  1. Joan says:

    Alistair, thank you for this delightful post! And always, for all your posts!

  2. Christine Boyd says:

    What a wonderful series of mating photos! Thank you Alistair for your highlights in my days from the natural world.

  3. Alastair Urquhart says:

    Wonderful debunking the ‘experts’ and terrific photos of Goldeneyes. Thank you.
    Alastair Urquhart.

  4. Margo Saunders says:

    I had to look up “boffin”. I love the feel of this word, and will sprinkle it in conversations when possible and appropriate! And…when you are in love, the rest of the world can go on without you. So sweet!

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