[Ontbirds] Ottawa River - Common x Barrow's Goldeneye hybrid
jbpetr at yahoo.ca
Fri Feb 4 15:51:34 EST 2011
There was a male hybrid goldeneye off the east point of Bate Island in the
Ottawa River, visible directly from the bench that faces Parliament Hill. It was
feeding intently alongside a male Common Goldeneye in an area of relatively
still water with many little bits of ice. I saw it between 3:00 - 3:15 PM. It
displayed several hallmarks of a hybrid including a plump, 'filled out'
tear-drop marking on the face, intermediate amount of white on the body, no
'spur', somewhat flattened head with pronounced maroon sheen.
P.S. Bate Island is accessible by taking the Champlain Bridge to cross to
Gatineau (Aylmer district) directly via Island Park Drive or from the Western
Parkway, coming from the east or west.
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