Re: Merganser-Golden Eye hybrid

Travis Hails

The first few times I saw this bird, it was in Lake Merritt at the inlet/outlet.  The tide was incoming, and the flock of goldeneyes & the hybrid were diving against the current.  It wasn't until sometime later that it was reported at Laney College.
Travis Hails

--- On Mon, 12/6/10, Hilary Powers <hilary@...> wrote:

From: Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Merganser-Golden Eye hybrid
To: "Kim Burgess" <kimandajburgess@...>
Cc: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Monday, December 6, 2010, 10:32 PM

On 12/6/2010 10:00 PM, Kim Burgess wrote:
Last Friday and today I saw what looked like a Hooded Merganser and
Goldeneye hybrid male in Lake Merritt.  He was located on the
westerly side of the lake, right in front of the apartment tower at 1
Lakeside Dr.  Each time he was with a Common Goldeneye female. ...
Cool - I wonder if this is a new visitor or our regular hoodie/goldeneye
cross.... That'd be a new location for our usual guy (who is apt to be
near the Nature Center, up at 12th Street, or over at Laney College),
and he tends to hang with the Barrow's Goldeneyes.

If you feed "hybrid goldeneye merganser lake merritt" to Google images,
the first two pictures are our regular guy. Is that who you saw? The
shoulder spikes are really distinctive.

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