Shoveler, Goldeneye, & Long-Tailed Ducks

Three more winter ducks that are departing the Chesapeake Bay region to head back to their summer breeding grounds are Northern Shovelers, Long-tailed Ducks, and Common Goldeneyes.

The Northern Shovelers will be heading back to the northern mid-West United States and Canada for their summer mating.

Northern Shovelers at Blackwater NWR


As I mentioned in previous posts, we had the privilege of watching a male Common Goldeneye spend much of his winter on Cambridge Creek.  He will be migrating back to Canada for his summer.

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Common Goldeneye (male)


A drive down to Hoopers Island netted me this pair of Common Goldeneyes.

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Common Goldeneyes (female & male)


And last for this post, but not least, is this handsome male Long-tailed Duck who also spent a lot of his winter on Cambridge Creek.  His summer breeding grounds are in the Artic.  He sure has a long way to go!

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Long-tailed Duck (male)


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Long-tailed Duck diving


This post leaves me with the Lesser Scaup for my last ‘winter duck’ posts.  Although most have already departed, we still have a few Scaup stragglers hanging out on the creek.

Along with a pair of new arrivals…..   😊



40 thoughts on “Shoveler, Goldeneye, & Long-Tailed Ducks

  1. It must be quite sad to see them all go – though I suppose it’s only fair that you share the joy! I love that last picture of the long tailed duck disappearing. (Even I can recognise that one now 😊). Can’t wait to see who’s arrived…

    • I do have a tinge of sadness….then I tell myself, new species are arriving and these winter ducks will definitely be back in 8-9 months! And if I can help another learn a little more about any one bird, I am super happy, Mike! 😊 Post on new arrivals by Saturday I hope! Still processing and IDing…..

  2. The only great thing about losing the winter ducks, is the arrival of spring. Fantastic duck photos, Donna. And lucky you, having the long-tails in town. They’re all so dapper.

    • Thank you, Jet! Yes, and Spring’s arrival brings back our summer birds, including the Osprey. The LTDuck being a bit of a rarity for our populated area, I had a personal love for him on our creek all winter. Indeed dapper! 😊

    • Thank you, Chris, I loved how that long little tail on the LTDuck would flip water when he dived, I finally nailed a shot of it. 🙂 Working on next post today…… 😊

  3. It’s a good feeling to see these birds before they continue their journeys to such long distant places. Then, later, next year, start all over again!
    As always, Donna, your photos are excellent. Thank you so much for the post. 🙂

  4. I like the close-up on the long-tailed duck-such nice markings. The head of the shoveller is like velvet when the sun hits it and that dapper pair of Common Goldeneyes excite me to think of their upcoming antics.

  5. Wow! Now those are some good photos! Just out of curiosity, what camera did you use?

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