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Bird Finder for January 27, 2017: Harlequin Duck

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Harlequin Duck: Taking its name from a colorfully dressed character in Commedia dell’arte and long touted to be the “fashion plate of the winter seas,” Harlequin Duck is a rare sight in Connecticut.

Northern Shoveler: Bird Finder for January 6, 2017

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Northern Shoveler: One of the most distinctive of our dabbling ducks, small numbers of Northern Shovelers are most frequently seen in our area in late winter and early spring.

Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup & how to tell the difference

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup & how to tell the difference

Canvasback — King of the Waterfowl

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

March 28, 2015 – Of all the waterfowl found in North America, perhaps none are more deserving of the title King than the dramatic Canvasback.

American Black Duck

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

American Black Duck
Anas rubripes

American Black Ducks are a large-bodied dabbling duck about the size of a mallard. They have a yellowish bill with a gray head and dark body. When in flight they appear to be black in color, which helps distinguish them when mixed with Mallards.

Black Scoter

Friday, November 15th, 2013

November 15, 2013 – Black Scoters seem to be more prevalent this year than in recent years. They are rarely seen in fresh water but this week you can look for these unusual scoters inland, in areas such as the Connecticut River off Vibert Road in South Windsor and Bantam Lake in Litchfield along North Shore Road. You can also look for them on the coast, off Penfield Reef in Fairfield, off Reef Road, where there is public access (go at low tide). Black Scoters are uncommon but regular migrants. They breed in subarctic regions and winter in coastal areas along both coasts. Diving ducks (rather than dabblers like Mallards), they dive to find crustaceans and mollusks to eat. Click the link below to read the entire post.

 

 

 

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