Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oldsquaw or Long-tailed Duck

The duck once known as an "oldsquaw" has had it's name changed in recent times to "long-tailed duck."  Pretty imaginative, wouldn't you say?  I guess you could always say, "There goes an LT."  Oldsquaw is much more colorful.  I'm not sure what prompted the change.  I'll bet a lot of hunters just continue to call them oldsquaw.  They are easily recognized by their distinctive tail, however.  Like the bufflehead, they are also a diving duck, but unlike the bufflehead, they use both their feet and their wings for propulsion.

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