Transitions-Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Real Estate Blog: Natural Oakville - The Long-tailed Duck or Oldsquaw

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Natural Oakville - The Long-tailed Duck or Oldsquaw

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.Oldsquaw or Long-tailed Duck 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.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsJo-Anne Smith • November 30 2012 01:03PM

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Beautiful........

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) almost 6 years ago

Wow Jo, I didn't know they could dive 200 feet! and they certainly are a rare find anymore around lake michigan, I remember seeing more of them when I was a child vacationing in the UP   :( 

glad too see they are protected

hope you are enjoying winter!

sincerely,

grace

Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

John,
They are quite pretty...

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 6 years ago

Hi Grace,

They are quite amazing....sad that their numbers have declined.

How are you and Jeff doing? Any snow there yet? We had our first snowfall last evening.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 6 years ago

Hi Jo.... Dropping by to thank you for commenting and supporting me tonight in the Rain.  Hope you had a great day and a restful night.

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) almost 6 years ago

John,

Thank you as well! I enjoy dropping by your blog and seeing what you and Debbie are up to. Your posts are always interesting and often fun.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 6 years ago

Jo-Anne I have new seen an OldSqaw, it is beautiful.  Love the beak and tail.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 6 years ago

Jennifer,

I'm not sure if they migrate down to your region or not. I don't think they do as they prefer the coastal regions and the great lakes.  They are a very pretty little bird.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 6 years ago

Jo

Whata  beautiful duck. Looks so peaceful and tranquil. I always thought they were so photogenic

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 6 years ago

Hi Tom,

They are very photogenic...so colourful and nice markings. Thank you for dropping by!

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 6 years ago

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