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A winter visitor to Poole Harbour and other salt water locations.



Photograph by: 
Ian Ballam

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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Common Name Goldeneye
Scientific Name Bucephala clangula
Status Scarce
Interest Level
Species Family Ducks
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Harbours, estuaries and lagoons
Look for The white patch on the cheeks which, from a distance, look like big eyes
Additional Identification Notes
  • One of the less common wintering ducks on the open waters of the Dorset harbours and sometime off shore on the sea
  • From a distance the white patch on both checks between the eye and bill is clearly visible and diagnostic
  • The profile of the head which seems to have a large bump on it can also help identify them at a distance