Saturday, January 30, 2021

Long-tailed Duck


On 27 January 2021, I finally added a Long-tailed Duck to my year bird list. This individual is a female, which swam quite a distance from me in the Olympia harbor. Long-tailed Ducks breed across the world’s arctic regions. They breed in freshwater and most winter in seawater. They eat a wide variety of prey, depending on the habitat in which they find themselves. Here in Olympia, they dive for bottom-dwelling crustaceans, bivalves, gastropods and fish.

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