The goldeneye is one of our Top 20 birds. It is a medium sized diving duck. Males look black and white with a greenish black head and a circular white patch in front of the yellow eye. Females are smaller, and are mottled grey with a chocolate brown head. In flight, birds show a large area of white on the inner wing. They are fast fliers and their wings make a distinctive whistling sound in flight. When females are nearby, males frequently display by stretching the head backward against their back and then popping their head forward.
It is a winter visitor to Siddick Pond and birds are usually present between mid-October and mid-April.
Listen to one of their calls:Find out more in a school or group visit or just visit yourself and see what you can spot.