These are active, strong-winged fliers moving singly or in small flocks,
often high in the air. Distinctive wing-whistling sound in flight has
earned the name of whistlers.
Goldeneyes generally move south late in the season; most of them winter
on coastal waters and the Great Lakes. Inland, they like rapids and fast
Barrow's goldeneye, predominantly a Westerner, is less wary than the
Hens of both species are look-alikes.
Drakes have a piercing speer-speer--hens a low quack. Both are