[Tweeters] Barrows Goldeneye with green head sheen

Barry Ulman ubarry at qwest.net
Tue Mar 6 21:14:22 PST 2012

Sometimes the angle to the light may alter the head gloss. I have photographs of Barrow's Goldeneyes with greenish head gloss. Also, a Mallard's head can look blue if you see it at a certain angle to the light.

Barry Ulman
Bellingham, WA.

On Mar 6, 2012, at 7:29 PM, Kelly McAllister wrote:

> I came upon this male goldeneye today, at Mud Bay in Thurston County, Washington. At first, from a distance, I thought it might have a round white spot at the base of the bill. But, the rest of it looked like a typical Barrow’s Goldeneye. They I noticed a green sheen on the head. All of the nearby male Barrow’s Goldeneyes had the typical purple sheen. On closer look, the one with the green head has a crescent-shaped loral spot, perhaps a bit reduced in size from what’s typical. You can see this bird here:


> http://www.flickr.com/photos/29002564@N08/6960686549/in/photostream


> I really thought I might be looking at a Common Goldeneye-Barrow’s Goldeneye hybrid but, on closer examination, that might be a reach. Have others seen male Barrow’s Goldeneyes with green head sheen?


> Kelly McAllister

> Olympia, Washington

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