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Joys of Spring!

The male goldeneye adds a bright note to a winter’s day birdwatching along our coastal waters, lakes, reservoirs and rivers, with its radiant amber eye, iridescent green-black head and crisp black and white body, what a joy. The female having a chestnut brown head, grey back and tail, with white underparts looks very different, but the distinctive shape of the head is her give away. Large numbers of these delightful diving-ducks start to arrive from Scandinavia in the autumn and stay until the spring. You may be forgiven if you think its Latin genus ‘Bucephala’ is derived from the colour of its piercing yellow eyes, but you would be wrong. The name originates from Ancient Greek “bonkephalos”

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