In winter, Youngs Island is an important resting stop for migrating waterfowl, particularly several species of special interest, including American black duck, lesser and greater scaup, mallard, canvasback, Canada goose, long-tailed duck
, bufflehead, common goldeneye, American wigeon, and red-breasted merganser.
Then it happens, you spot a long-tailed duck
(Clangula hyemalis; hereafter LTDU).
There are also quite a few species included in the IUCN Red List, such as the red-breasted goose, the common pochard, the long-tailed duck
, the white-headed duck, the velvet scoter, and the horned grebe.The cold weather, a week before the count, increased the number of waterbirds wintering in Bulgaria, but it also froze bodies of water throughout the country.
Hash has killed canvasbacks, goldeneyes and even a long-tailed duck
during extreme cold spells.
affinis), Long-tailed Duck
(Clangula hyemalis), Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Surf Scoter (Mehnitta perspicillata), White-winged Scoter (M.
And at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, planes have suffered substantial damage in collisions with a long-tailed duck
, an American kestrel, a snow goose and a great blue heron.
Have a look at some examples on the internet or in books before you go, and see if you can spot some of the less common ducks, including pintail, goldeneye, long-tailed duck
, red-breasted merganser and goosander.
In the mallard and long-tailed duck
, males deploy at unusual length "what looks like a weird tentacle with bumps and ridges," Brennan says.
On the other side of the globe, farmers tilling land in northeastern China's Liaoning Province last spring unearthed one strange sight: a 130-million-year-old dino skeleton entombed in rock that shows a big fluffy head and feathery body like a long-tailed duck
. "If you could transport yourself back in time and see these things running around, you'd probably think `what weird-looking birds!'" says paleontologist Mark Norell at, New York's American Museum of Natural History.
Up to 15 Hawfinches remain at Llanrwst, a Long-tailed Duck
is on Anglesey's Inland Sea, Slavonian Grebes are off Llanfairfechan and Velvet Scoters are off Colwyn Bay.
The areas surrounding these islands are essential winter habitat for a number of sea duck species such as Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), King Eider (Somateria spectabilis), Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Long-tailed Duck
(Claugula hyemalis), White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi), and Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus senator; Sowls 1993, 1997).