Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | December 30, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

Amazing Long-tailed Duck in Miami Lakes!

Yesterday morning we were birding our local lake spot in Miami Lakes. Usually we only see a few Mottled Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant and if we get lucky the occasional Brown Pelican. For the past fews days though the waterfowl diversity in the lake has increased. We have been observing a raft of Ring-necked Duck along with several Ruddy Duck, Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead! Which is awesome in itself for this location! We have been birding this lake for the past five years and the Bufflehead and Greater Scaup were a first for us just a week ago. At this point we thought wow this lake can’t get any better than this until yesterday morning. We scouted the lake and saw the same species we have been seeing all week. We were about to leave when we spotted the Long-tailed Duck diving along the edge of the lake. We had to rub our eyes to believe it!

We have been observing the bird diving, feeding and preening for most of yesterday and today. We have met with many birders and old friends over the past two days. Some birders have had the pleasure of observing the bird with us, some ticked and other birders have missed it…as it would dive for long periods of time easily getting lost in the big lake. We even had some local business employees curious about it. This is an amazing bird especially not only in a lake but so far inland and it appears to be the first Miami-Dade County record! It was nice to see familar faces from all over the place that we haven’t seen in a while. Thank you to Larry Manfredi for lunch yesterday and Paul Bithorn for treating us to drinks & dinner! Thank you to those of you that provided good conversation, company and who have graciously let us watch the bird in their scope since we don’t own one. We took many photographs and video that will follow later…

Nature is Awesome!!!
Angel & Mariel

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