|Over the clatter of three Belted Kingfishers, I hear a House Finch, (Carpodacus mexicanus), I wonder if I can get a better photo from the other side....|
|....looks like no!|
|American Wigeon pair, Anas americana|
|Common Merganser pair, Mergus merganser|
|Mallard pair, Anas platyrhynchos|
|Redhead pair, Aythya americana|
|Wood Duck, Aix sponsa, two males - waiting for love?|
|...yep! The enigmatically named Townsend's Solitaire, Myadestes townsendi|
|and again from behind.|
Arriving at the river a quick scan reveals not very much of interest, except one of those Goldeneyes on the far side looks a little out of place. Crescent shaped white in front of the eye, steeper sloped forehead, bill a little shorter, must be a...
|....Barrow's Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica|
Better views on take-off and in flight seem to support this conclusion. Sorry about the lousy photos - digiscoping equipment is in the budget for the next couple of months - all photos can be clicked to enlarge for marginally better views!
|I made out 1 male and 3 female Barrow's Goldeneyes, with the larger white area on the wings of the male Common Goldeneye in the upper right of this image clearly highlighting the differences.|