Here are some images of a very cooperative long-tailed duck found at the Kearny Marsh on Thursday.
It was a solitary bird found in the open water area of the marsh. A very curious customer, it allowed an extremely close approach before it flew off toward the turnpike into the wind.
At times, it actually swam toward me. I would think that it was just passing through the area.
According to Bill Boyle’s excellent “The Birds of New Jersey,” the Long-tail is a “common wintering duck along the outer coast” and “a few linger into May, and a summering bird is found on rare occasion.”
More on Long-tailed Ducks here. Please e-mail us if you see this guy!