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Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula
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Habitat: ponds, lakes and rivers.

Description: Male: Dark green head, round white patches on the cheeks, dark bill, dark back, and white sides and belly. Female: Chocolate brown head, lighter breast and belly, grey-brown back and a dark bill that is tipped in yellow during spring/summer.

Size: 41-51cm long

Diet: Aquatic insect larvae, crustaceans, tubers and some small fish.

Fun Facts: They are often called "whistlers" because the wind whistles through their wings as they fly.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Silky Lupine
Lupinus sericeus
  Covered in soft, silvery hairs.  Compound leaves with 6-10 leaflets, that alternate on the stem.  Individual leaflets are narrow and 3-6cm long.  Flowers grow in long terminal clusters, purple-blue in color (can be white or yellowish).  Silky Lupine's often grown in dense groups.
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