Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Unusual Ducks On The Ohio River

I have been reading reports on BirdKY of a White-winged Scoter hanging out on the Ohio River near the Jeffersonville, Indiana waterfront! I went down there in hopes of catching a glimpse of him/her. I was not disappointed, it was floating very close to the shore. I have seen various Scoters on the Ohio River in past winters, but I have never seen one so close to the shore. Usually, they are way out in the middle and not easy to get a picture of. 

White-winged Scoter by Karen Bonsell
Immature White-Winged Scoter

White-winged Scoters typically winter along the coastal waters and eastern Great Lakes. Every once in awhile they will stray further inland, and that's when we get a chance to see them in our area!

White-winged Scoter by Karen Bonsell
Immature White-Winged Scoter

There were also several other ducks in the area. There was a raft of about 9 Lesser Scaups, one female Ring-necked Duck and many Ring-billed Gulls!

Ring-necked Duck (female)
Female Ring-necked Duck

Scaup (?Lesser) (female & male)
Lesser Scaups (female on left & male on right)

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-Billed Gull


Steve Creek said...

Great captures Karen! I really like the closeup of the Gull.

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