Plate Golden - eye Duck. You have now before you another of our Ducks, which at least equals any of the rest in the extent of its migrations. Braving the. Common goldeneyes breed across the forested areas of Canada, Minnesota, Michigan, Alaska and the northeastern United States. They are most abundant. Bright, deep-yellow eyes are the defining feature of these diving ducks. The male breeding plumage can also be quite striking. Goldeneyes breed in the northern.