Common Goldeneyes winter on open lakes, rivers and bays in small flocks. During the breeding season they are far north of here.
I usually see them at a distance but, this morning at Marie Curtis Park, a few were close by in Etobicoke Creek diving for animal prey such as crustaceans, fish and mollusks.
It is obvious where the species names comes from.
This morning’s group:
All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling round its southern zone,
The sun through dazzling snow-mist shone. – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)