The Common Goldeneye is, like the closely related Bufflehead, exclusively a cavity nester, so it’s no surprise that this species breeds only in wooded places. It’s apparent that—along with the boreal forest—the Common Goldeneye may face a potentially strong shift in climate space as is forecast by Audubon’s climate model. In summer, 39% of the current core range will remain stable by 2080, and a large decline in the boreal forest could be devastating for the species. The species’ winter prospects are similar to most other ducks’: a fair shift in range and an increase in potential areas with suitable climate conditions.
The Common Goldeneye will be located along the Broadway Mall at 117th Street.