I was so excited to see my first Long-Tailed Duck yesterday. There were 2 females hanging out downriver of the dam–the only bit of open water on the river right now. They were there with a handful of Lesser Scaups. I’ll have to check the area out again and see if I can spot a male Long-Tailed. The males have extremely long central tail feathers–I would love to get a photo of one.
The Long-Tailed Duck used to be called an Oldsquaw–a fact which became important to me when I couldn’t find the bird in my (old) field guide. These sea ducks can dive up to 200 feet for food! Pretty amazing for a little bird!
I love spotting new-to-me birds. It hasn’t happened in a while, so yesterday was a good day.