Common Goldeneyes: Merrimack River

November 30, 2017 in Nearby Waterbirds

_W7I0306-001The Common Goldeneyes are back and being seen in larger numbers along the Merrimack River in North Andover and Lawrence.  The Common Goldeneye is a medium-sized sea-duck.  During winter months, they migrate to coastal and inland waterways.  They dive for their food and typically feast on small fish and aquatic plants.  They may fall prey to eagles, hawks, and owls.

This pair was part of a much larger contingent seen in flight west bound just above the surface of the Merrimack River.

Common Goldeneyes in flight

December 6, 2016 in Nearby Waterbirds

_w7i1606-001The wintering ducks are being seen in larger numbers on the Merrimack River in Lawrence and North Andover.  Among the ducks are Hooded Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Common Goldeneyes.  Always a treat to watch and photograph the Common Goldeneyes in flight!