Monday, January 12, 2009

Ottawa: Female Barrow's Goldeneye

Today, January 12th, I birded a few areas around Ottawa. The female Barrow's Goldeneye was still present on the Rideau River near the Rideau Tennis Club. There's only a small amount of open water and the female Barrow's was in a flock of Common Goldeneye. You could get great views and comparisons of both female Goldeneyes. It is a great opportunity to study the differences.

There was an adult Bald Eagle at the same location and numerous small flocks of Pine Siskin, White-winged Crossbill and a few Common Redpoll.

If you're interested in looking at photos of this female Barrow's Golden-eye, please visit my website.

Good birding,
Directions: From Ottawa take 417 east to the Vanier Parkway and exit north. Follow parkway to Donald Street and turn left (west) and continue to River Road. Turn left on River Rd. and then right on Olga St. which is a dead end. Park and walk over to the open area of water along the Rideau River. There are a small number of Common Goldeneyes and lots of Mallards. If you require additional information, please email me privately.

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