Goldeneyes in Etobicoke Creek: December 2020

The Goldeneye is a widespread diving duck, occurring wherever there are tree cavities in which it may nest, and wintering as far north as open water may be found.

Common Goldeneye (male) and Mallard (male)
Common Goldeneye (male) and Mallards

The males are gorgeous with black and white tracery on the upper sides, green gloss of the head and the bright goldeneye.

Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)

The reddish-headed female has a yellow-tipped pinkish bill:

Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (female) and Hooded Merganser (male)
Common Goldeneye (female) and Hooded Merganser (male)
Common Goldeneyes and Hooded Merganser (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneyes

Other birds:

Canada Geese
Trumpeter Swans
Mallard (female)
Mallard (female)
Mallard Hybrid
Mallard Hybrid
Mallard Hybrid
Gadwall (male)

Park views:

escaped kite

NATURE POETRY

But Winter has yet brighter scenes—he boasts
Splendors beyond what gorgeous Summer knows;
Or Autumn with his many fruits, and woods
All flushed with many hues.                                              – William Cullen Bryant ​​​​​​(1794–1878)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Goldeneyes in Etobicoke Creek: December 2020

  1. Gloria James

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Miles. Thank you for the beautiful photos. My husband Bob particularly liked the message on thewooden blue heron at the beach area in Newcastle. ( it must be 5:00 pm somewhere).

    Did you see the article in last Saturday’s Star (Dec. 19th) about the Pekin Ducks who were left at the eastern waterfront. Taffy and Tango have been adopted by mallard ducks and so far are safe from predators. Now that is being inclusive!

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