Common Goldeneye ducks, Hamilton Harbour
Recently I was surprised to see these common goldeneye ducks enjoying the relative warmth of southern Ontario - as opposed to the cold of the Far North. Apparently males will stay as far north in winter as open water in protected bays permits.
Goldeneyes travel north to the boreal forests to breed. Females usually return to the area where they were hatched, sometimes returning to the same nesting site year after year. They make their nests in trees, anywhere from five to 60 feet above the ground. Imagine the baby duckings' surprise when they leave the nest for the first time! FLAP THOSE WINGS, BABY!
Goldeneyes are diving ducks, searching in winter for mollusks, crustaceans and fish. In summer they prefer aquatic insects.
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