Posts tagged “Bucephala clangula

Goldeneyes at Weaselhead

Three Common Goldeneyes - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I walked around Calgary’s Weaselhead Natural Environment Park this morning.  The park is where the Elbow River spreads out across the flats into a delta threaded with smaller streams that drain into the Glenmore Reservoir.  At the first bridge I crossed over, I noticed several female Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) floating around.  I watched them flying up to this nesting box gone slightly askew.  It seemed they may have enjoyed the view from this spot .

Leaving Peru - 2013 © Christopher Martin

When one would fly away it wouldn’t take long before a new duck stopped in.  It seemed like I could hear murmurings about possession being 9/10ths of the law.  However determination won a little longer rest on the perch for one of the Goldeneyes.  She held her ground, flapped the wings and the would-be usurper flew back down to the river.

Playing queen of the perch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

These three ladies threw some interesting looks at me, each other and across the river.

A cadre of Goldeneyes - 2013 © Christopher Martin