(Rocky Mountain Garrot)
La. anser goose
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. anous foolish
La. anas duck
Gr. bous ox
Gr. kephale head
Gr. boukephalos bull-headed
La. islandica island
About twenty inches long. Dark purple iridescent head
and throat. Black back. White breast and underside. White wing coverts and additional
irregular spots. White crescent moon-shaped spot on each side of the head between the bill
and the eyes.
Breeds in the far north - Alaska, Canada,
Greenland and Iceland, the furthest south being in the mountains of Wyoming and Oregon, in
the east as far south as the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Winters as far south as California, New
Mexico, the Great Lakes region and Massachusetts.
Builds nests of fine twigs and moss lined with down in decaying tree
or stump hollows, or in rock crevices near water.
Lays six to ten pale bluish eggs which hatch after about a month of incubation.
Ducklings are led to water at a very young age and fly at about two months age.
Dives for fish, frogs, shell fish and tender plant roots and seeds. Also eats insects.
Tolerates cold weather well being driven only by frozen water. Migrates in small flocks
sometimes with other duck species. Wings produce a rhythmic whistling in flight; otherwise
a silent bird.
Barrows Goldeneye (same as for Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl and
Western Screech Owl) has a 8" by
8" floor, 15" inside ceiling, 3" diameter entrance hole located 12"
(to the top of the hole) above the floor and ventilation openings.
corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Hinged roof
is secured with shutter hooks for easy access.
Mount at least 10 feet, higher if possible, on a tree trunk, (6' to 8' if on a post
above water), in forest bottomlands within 100 feet of a river or a pond. Place some wood
chips on the floor.