Northern Shoveler

In breeding plumage, the Northern Shoveler is a handsome bird with striking rufous along its flanks and a bright green head. These colors are greatly muted in non-breeding plumage seen in the following photos taken in fall in Cape May, New Jersey. The beautiful sky-blue shoulder patch and green speculum are visible while the duck is […]

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Ducks are one of our smallest ducks, at 15 inches. They are all head, beak, and stiff tail, with a short body in between. They often swim with their tails upraised, and unlike other ducks they are able to slowly sink below the surface of the water.  According to, Ruddy Ducks can be […]

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Mergansers: Identification Hooded Mergansers are my all-time favorite duck, and always a thrill to see during migration for ducks and geese in March.  Such a dapper little duck in a tux, and a real attitude to go with it! describes them briefly as follows: “Hooded” is something of an understatement for this extravagantly […]

Ross’s Goose and Red-throated Loon on PSO birding trip to Lancaster

Bald Eagle

Red-necked Grebe Red-throated Loon, Ross’ Goose, many Red-necked Grebes, White-winged Scoters, various other ducks, as well as thousands of Snow Geese and Canada Geese were spotted by the members of a recent Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology (PSO) field trip.  Because Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area above Lancaster, PA was frozen over, the trip became a Susquehanna river […]