It wasn’t just the great light that got me excited, but also the fact that several Common Goldeneyes were among the waterfowl that competed for fish near the downstream exit of lock #14 at the Mississippi River last Saturday. This duck was on my “most wanted list” for a long time. Not that I have not seen them before, but I never got close enough for a decent photo. So this is really the first time that I’m able to show a photo of this beautiful duck here in the blog. Their breeding grounds are up in most of Canada while they spent the winter in much of the United States.