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    Barrow's Goldeneye / Bucephala icelandica

    : and late Oct-late Apr in protected salt water bays and coves. Perhaps around Schoodic Point. Usually in the company of Common Goldeneye.

    Miscellany: Barrow's have an unusual distribution. More than 90% breed and winter west of the Rocky Mountains, but thousands of miles to the east there's a small population breeding mostly in eastern Quebec and another two thousand miles or so further northeast, a small population breeding in Iceland. They all look alike except for the color of the adult females' bill; all yellow in North America and yellow with a dark base in Iceland. It's unusual to have such disjunct populations with so little visible difference. Barrow's Goldeneye were seen on about three quarters of the MDI CBCs between 1954 and 1992, albeit in small numbers, and only three times since. The reasons for the decline are obscure.

    Last Updated: May 20th, 2022


    1. 1. Schoodic Point 44.332627, -68.059814