This handsome sea duck is a visitor to our saltwater bays and shorelines here in Vancouver for about 5 months. They spend the breeding season in the Canadian Rocky Mountains north through southern Alaska. They can also be
found in Iceland year round. They spend their time in schools mostly, diving for shellfish and crustaceans along the rock shores. They are very similar to the Common Goldeneyes but can be told apart by the mark just in front of their eye. I have always thought that the mark looked somewhat like a Nike Swoosh. The common in comparison has a round circle as his beauty mark.