By: Pat Coate
On a recent trip up to Rochester I made a quick stop at the Charlotte Pier where the Genesee River empties into Lake Ontario. There were two species that I hoped to find – the Snowy Owl that had been reported in the area and a Long-tailed Duck. Didn’t find the Snowy but there were quite a few Long-tailed Ducks – a life bird for me.
They are handsome birds that breed in the Arctic and winter along the northern coasts and on the Great Lakes. A diving duck, this bird spends a lot of time under water and can dive quite deeply, up to 200 feet. The Long-tailed Duck was previously known as Oldsquaw.
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