Long-tailed Ducks–Dive, Squawk, Fly

The Long-tailed Duck is a bird most Americans don’t see. He’s a coastal diving bird that summers in the Arctic Circle and winters as far south as Chesapeake Bay or the southern border of Washington State. Most of us miss a treat, then, because he’s very beautiful.



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Pied-billed Grebes FISHING … CLOSE UP

I don’t think I could pick a favorite bird, but this diminutive predator–bobbing up in the water, juggling a fish into position and scarfing it down whole–would have to be in the top ten. At least one of them frequents our lake every spring and fall. They’re only half the size of a house cat, but, even without claws, they’re better hunters.