Barrow's Goldeneye

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Barrow's Goldeneye: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Bucephala islandica
Locale   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
SE Alaska (edit) C U C C Y
Yakutat (edit) C C C C C
Skagway (edit) C U C C -
Haines (edit) C U C C -
Glacier Bay (edit) C FC C C Y
Juneau (edit) C O C C +
Sitka (edit) C R C C R
Stikine (edit)
S Outer Islands (edit)
Ketchikan (edit) C R C C Y
Offshore (edit)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica): Common migrant and winter resident across the region. Uncommon to Rare in Summer (C at Yakutat).

Probably a Rare breeder except for Glacier Bay and Yakutat, where they are Uncommon (or Common?).

  • Yakutat summer and breeding abundance correct?
  • Additional notes on nesting?
  • Habitat notes? Apart from summer, mostly salt water+estuaries? How often on lakes/freshwater in the winter?

SEAK QBR Mentions

  • Su2010: A rare summer visitant in the KTN area, a female with two downy chicks on a small muskeg pond 22 June provided the first confirmed local nesting record.
  • Su2011: A female with seven chicks at a small muskeg pond near KTN 15 June provided only the 2nd local nesting record. A female with two chicks was also found at Crane Lake, Mitkof Island, 10 July. This species’ status as a breeder in southern Southeast Alaska is not well known.
  • F2012: The is a common migrant and winter visitant throughout Southeast Alaska (Gabrielson and Lincoln 1959); however, a count of 640 Barrow’s at an evening roost at Auke Lake 1 November was among the largest counts ever for JNU area, most of which have occurred during late fall (October– November).
  • Su2012: One with four downy chicks at Perseverance Lake 22 June provided the 3rd documented nesting in as many years at KTN. Another goldeneye brood, not identified to species, near Mendenhall Lake 30 May (female with a dozen small chicks; SG) was also a rare find for the JNU area.
  • Su2015: A female with chicks at Ratz Pass 14 June likely provided the first nesting record for Prince of Wales Island. The status of this species as a breeder is not well known over much of SEAK, and it was not known to nest in the Alexander Archipelago (Gibson et al. 1987) until recently documented to do so at Revillagigedo and Mitkof islands (see North Am. Birds 64:632, 65:672, and 66:717).
  • Su2016: A female with downy chicks was found at Beaver Lake, near SIT, probably the 2nd year in a row the species has nested there. The breeding status of this species is not well known over much of Southeast Alaska, and it was not known to nest in the Alexander Archipelago (Gibson et al. 1987) until recently [note from MG: apparently older records of goldeneyes nesting near Sitka, species not noted, but I suspect probably BAGO].
  • Su2017: An unattended chick at Beaver Lake, near SIT, 20 July marked the 3rd consecutive year this species nested there.
  • Su2018: A female with chicks at Ward Lake 4 August established the 4th local nesting record for the KTN area, all since 2010.

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