The Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville areas are home to hundreds of Long-tailed Ducks in the winter months. They congregate along the Lake Ontario shoreline and in Burlington Bay.
- The Long-tailed Duck is the only living member of it's genus 'Clangula".
- They breed in the tundra pools or the far north and along sea coasts.
- They are a migratory species. In winter they gather in large flocks and migrate to areas along the east and west coasts of North America and to the Great Lakes region.
- Long-tailed Ducks are diving ducks. They can dive to a depth of 200 feet.
- Unlike many of the more common ducks, Oldsquaw are carnivorous. They dive for mollusks, crustaceans and small fish.
- Oldsquaw or Long-tailed Ducks are considered a 'Threatened Species' and are protected under the Agreement in the Conservation of African and Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds also known as AEWA.
Take a walk by the shores of Burlington Bay to see the hundreds of Long-tailed Ducks that are here for the winter. They're a small, pretty duck and quite unusual looking.