small headed, short bill, dark head with crescent shaped white spot, white flanks, scapulars black with white dots, black spur on shoulder.
This flock (about 20) of Common Goldeneye were floating on the bay near Ft. Flagler.
Female in flight.
Goldeneye and Whistler are common names for a species of small tree-hole nesting northern hemisphere seaducks belonging to the genus Bucephala. The plumage is black and white. Goldeneyes eat fish, crustaceans and other marine life. The "Whistler" name comes from the noise their beating wings make in flight.