Hi all, This afternoon if found a hybrid Hooded Merganser x goldeneye in the town of Frankford, which is on the Trent River about 10 km north of Trenton and the 401 in Hastings County.
The bird was with 55 Common Goldeneyes swimming about 500m north of the main bridge in the centre of town (roughly behind the Anglican church). It can be viewed from the end of Victoria Street, just north of the bridge. I didn’t have my scope or camera, but overall it looks mostly like a male Hooded Merg but there is no white in the crest, which is also not as fluffy as a Hooded crest. Its size and general shape is more like a goldeneye. Not certain but there might be some white flecking in the cheek where a goldeneye would have a spot. Will go back tomorrow for a better look and try to get some pictures - a really beautiful bird. If you go to look for it, there is often (but not today) a pair of adult Bald Eagles in this area as well. Cheers, Doug Doug McRae P.O. Box 3010 Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0 613-475-5014 H 613-243-4161 C _______________________________________________ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) - the provincial birding organization. Send bird reports to firstname.lastname@example.org For information about ONTBIRDS including how to unsubscribe visit http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdssetup Posting guidelines can be found at http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdsguide Visit the OFO Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OntarioFieldOrnithologists