[CT Birds] Common Goldeneye behavior

Stephen Spector charsjs at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 4 16:09:35 EST 2013

>From Steve Spector, 12/04/13, East Haven, Brazos Road, while watching the Barrow's Goldeneye around 1:00 PM, observed a pair of Common Goldeneye about 35 yards away from main group.  The male, after performing the usual head-throw (throws his head backwards until it touches his back), sped up to the female (about 10 feet away), jumped on her as she tried to rise from the water, grabbed the nape of her neck with his bill, then twirled her around in the air twice before letting her drop.  I've never seen this particular move (the double 360) from any bird.  Has anyone else observed this behavior?  
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