Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | March 23, 2013

Just another DUCKY Saturday

When word came yesterday that David Webber found a beautiful male Tufted Duck at Thundergust Lake in Parvin State Park (Salem County, NJ,) I knew my plans to stay in Monmouth County had just changed.

Tufted swimming along

This was no ordinary (potential) lifer –

this was a bird I waited
(in vain)
one cold Massachusetts morning (last winter)
apparently decided to leave right around the time I went to visit.


There are some birds you reeeeeeaaaaallyyyy hope you get to see just because…  this was one!

Missing it the first time made me want to see it even more!

From Central NJ, the drive was about an hour and a half and since it is in the heart of WAWA Country, we were all set.  🙂

The bird is associating (as they often do) with Ring-Necks and Scaup (all of genus Aythya.) It gave great comparison looks as it swam next to Ring-Necks.

Tufted and Ring Very good

It has been 10 years since a Tufted Duck has been found in NJ – but there have been multiple east coast sightings reported in MA, NY and MD this year. I for one vote – it’s about time!!

What a beauty! If you are on the fence, let me tell you, it is well worth the trek!

Good chasing if you go!




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