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I’ve only seen juvenile Common Goldeneyes once and in North Hero. They do not commonly nest.

Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085

> On Aug 20, 2019, at 11:43 AM, Bruce MacPherson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Goldeneyes they are. I was somewhat surprised to see a family of Goldeneyes at Birdland in North Hero while searching (unsuccessfully) for the famous Vermont Pelican a few weeks ago. I guess that Goldeneye breeders in the Champlain Valley may be more common than I had supposed.
> Bruce MacPhersonSouth Burlington
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]>
> To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tue, Aug 20, 2019 6:07 am
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] identifying mystery duck
> 
> We were stumped by five similar-sounding ducks last week: brown or red-brown heads, tail sometimes held stiffly, white patches on wing, white on throat or breast. With a little help from a friend and two guide book, we decided they were immature goldeneye. There are some poor photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58918335 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58918335>
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
> 
>> On Aug 19, 2019, at 10:04 PM, R Stewart <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> *Need Help again* identifying a duck. Took some not so great digiscope
>> pictures which tend to show more contrasting color than bino or scope view.
>> 
>> Deming Pond, S. Village E. Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, US
>> Aug 18, 2019 5:00 PM - 5:20 PM
>> Protocol: Stationary
>> Comments:    At edge of pond with scope.  Need help identifying duck
>> 5 species
>> 
>> Mallard  2    Note blue speculum
>> Ruddy Duck  1    When I first saw this duck through binos, it was with 2
>> larger ducks and was diving constantly. Of note was the stiff, long tail
>> seen when bird dove.  Plumage was brown with what appeared to be a whitish
>> throat and belly. Five min later I was viewing it through my scope. Bird
>> was grooming, preening, stretching and flapping wings. There seemed to be
>> some white on wing primaries seen when preening. There was some prominent
>> flash of white in the area of the 'wing pit'  - 020 jpg. altho. the
>> underside of the wing was dark.
>> Double-crested Cormorant  2
>> Purple Finch  1    seen at nearby feeder
>> American Goldfinch  1
>> 
>> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59118193
>> 
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