Common Goldeneye (male)
Family: (Anatidae) Ducks, Geese, and Swans
Preferred Habitat: Coastal bays
Seasonal Occurrence: Uncommon November through March.
Notes: One of the Sea Ducks, Common Goldeneyes are also called "Whistlers", because in flight their rapid wingbeats make a whistling sound. This can be a good identification aid. The sound is loudest for males; females can be almost silent. Common Goldeneyes are most likely found in coastal waters in our area. The Texas City Dike is a very productive location. Males are distinctive with their white round spot between eye and bill. Females lack the spot and have brown heads and necks. Juveniles resemble females but lack the female's white wing patch.
- Susan Billetdeaux