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Unusual goldeneye

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  1. goosenazi

    goosenazi Elite Refuge Member

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    Even ducks suffer cold weather shrinkage, eh?
     
  2. CDNduckslayer

    CDNduckslayer Senior Refuge Member

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    Ya I agree if it was sexed as a female they might want to go back to duck genitalia school.....lol. My first GE looked just like the other immature drakes that have been posted in this thread and I've seen a ton more just like......... HIM. You shot yourself an immature!
     
  3. JRS

    JRS Elite Refuge Member

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    Google "Avian Biotech". Send them a couple drops of blood and $20 and they will DNA sex the bird.
    999/1000 you will find out it is a 1st or 2nd year drake.
     
  4. saltdux

    saltdux Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Most first year drake Commons have brown heads and often w/ well defined cheek patches like this one.

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    One of our hunters shot a weird looking Barrow's Goldeneye some years back. At first glance we thought immature drake, but the bill was odd for a drake and it was later sexed as a female I believe... hermaphrodite ?

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  5. Wild Rice

    Wild Rice Senior Refuge Member

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    I know a thing or two about genitals. Males look different than females:reader
     
  6. Wild Rice

    Wild Rice Senior Refuge Member

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    Btw, immature drake.
     
  7. ChuckSelf

    ChuckSelf New Member

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    Goldeneye and Buffleheads do not go into full breeding plumage until their 2nd fall. Buffy drakes look just like hens with extra fluffy heads and first-year Goldeneye drakes show normal hen markings with the exception of the white cheek spot, which can be very white or subdued. A 2nd year Goldeneye drake or Buffy drake will be completely plumed out in breeding plumage. Hope this helps!
     
  8. Wallhanger Taker

    Wallhanger Taker New Member

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    Shot these two yesterday. Are they both hens?
     

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  9. creedsduckman

    creedsduckman Elite Refuge Member

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    Hard to tell from that picture but the goldeneye appears to be a hen. The hood might be a first year drake. Looks like it's getting the white bars on the sides like a drake.
     
  10. Wallhanger Taker

    Wallhanger Taker New Member

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    Interesting Creed. I was thinking the same thing. The black bill on the hoody got me a wonderin. Pretty neat
     

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