Formerly known in the United States as the Oldsquaw, the Long-tailed Duck is a distinctive sea duck with a short bill and heavy body. The short, pointed, all-dark wings of the Long-tailed Duck are evident in all sexes and plumages. In breeding plumage, the male has a long, black tail-plume, a white rump and belly, and black breast. The head and back are black, with brown shoulders and a white patch around the eye. In winter the brown on the back is replaced by white, and the head is white with a gray cheek-patch. In spring, the female is gray with a white rump, and white around the eye and at the nape of the neck. In winter, she has a white face with dark crown and cheek-patch. The juvenile is similar to the female–gray with white, although it has more white on its face than the female.
First Sighting of Year
|Thursday, January 1, 2015||2€“98 Shell Rd Phippsburg ME United States|
|Friday, January 1, 2016||2€“98 Shell Rd Phippsburg ME United States|
|Sunday, January 1, 2017||Cape Elizabeth ME United States|
|Sunday, January 7, 2018||3115 Bristol Rd Bristol ME United States|