Common Goldeneye Ducks on the Fox River, Waukesha Wisconsin. Photographs were taken on March 5, 2014
Binomial name: Buecephala clangula
Category: Duck, Geese, and Swans
Size: 16–20” long, 30.3–32.7” wing span
Weight: M 2.3 lbs., F 1.7 lbs.
Habitat: Lakes, ponds and rivers near forest lands.
Diet: The Common Goldeneye dives underwater for aquatic invertebrates and insects, vegetation and small fish.
Nesting: Nesting sites are large cavities in trees, they will also use nest boxes. Nesting sites are usually near lakes, rivers or ponds, but can be located up to one mile from water. The nest is lined with feathers from the female. 5-16 eggs in the nest cavity, young leave within two days after hatching.