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Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis)

Posted on Dec 5, 2014

It is December duck time! I have been enjoying some of the new arrivals across our region as birds like Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Greater and Lesser Scaups, Ring-necked Ducks, Redheads, and these Long-tailed Ducks make their way to our shores. This species of diving duck certainly spends a long time underwater when it is feeding. It can even go down to near 200 feet! Their incredible patterns almost appeared camouflaged against the water on this cloudy late autumn day.

Three Long-tailed Ducks swimming in the water-0511
Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator