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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) is a medium-sized sea duck. This bird was named after Sir John Barrow. Adults are similar in appearance to the Common Goldeneye. Adult males have a dark head with a purplish gloss and a white crescent at the front of the face. Adult females have a yellow bill. Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes and ponds primarily in northwestern North America but also in scattered locations in eastern Canada and Iceland.

Bufflehead. Traverse City, MI. March 6, 2014 in the afternoon. We went out to Traverse Bay to walk on the ice. In a small hole in the ice was a dozen or so ducks, which included Lesser Scaups, Redheads, Common Goldeneye, one male Bufflehead, and one female Red-Breasted Merganser.

Bufflehead. This photo is of juvenile to tell distinction against common goldeneye. Winter visitor on salt and fresh water; few breed on lakes, mostly northeast.

Widespread and fairly abundant in winter, Common Loons frequent all coastal waters. Watch for them floating, diving, and snorkeling in salt water and fresh water. They are usually the biggest seabird out there, making them easy to spot. #MustSeeBirds