Finding this pair of Long-tailed Ducks yesterday was a big surprise! First, because I had never
seen this species before, and second because they are seaducks and I found them about 45 miles inland. The male looked quite different from other ducks I am used to seeing for its long tail, seen in the profile view below, made me think of a little dog in the water. See what I mean? These two adult, Long-tailed Ducks are now in their spring plumage. The male is to the left and the female to the right. These ducks winter in the ocean and in the spring migrate to northern
tundra areas to nest.