|Eastern Meadowlark and Snow Geese
As if that wasn't enough for the week, an email came in on Friday stating that a Tufted Duck was being seen at Parvin State Park - once again in Salem County NJ. Once again, I dashed out of work and was rewarded with a life bird and another bird to add to the Big Year list. It was also a great learning experience for identifying ducks that all look very similar. Check out this photo. There are 3 different species of ducks in this photo - Ring-necked Duck on the left, Tufted Duck in the middle, and Lesser Scaup on the right. They all look alike at first glance but take a closer look. The Tufted Duck has the tufts of feathers on the back of his head which is the obvious tip but also notice the bright white sides and black back. The Ring-necked Duck should really be called Ring-BILLED Duck since it has that fancy bill but is also has gray sides (and no tuft). The Lesser Scaup has a gray back and rounded head.
|Ring-necked Duck, Tufted Duck, Lesser Scaup
|Tufted Duck, Ring-necked Duck