Long-tailed ducks and other waterfowl – Travelodge Hotel

I’ve been keeping eye and ear out for reports of the arrival of long-tail ducks. Yesterday (December 13th) a multitude of waterfowl, primarily long-tailed ducks were gallivanting in the water behind the Travelodge Hotel, in downtown Burlington.

Multitude of waterfowl by the Travelodge Hotel at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

Multitude of waterfowl

Mix of common goldeneye and bufflehead by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Mix of common goldeneye and bufflehead

Male and female long-tailed ducks by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Male and female long-tailed ducks

Long-tailed ducks in flight by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Long-tailed ducks

One female and three male long-tailed ducks by the Travelodge Hotel at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

One female and three male long-tailed ducks

Male long-tailed ducks by the Travelodge Hotel at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

Male long-tailed ducks

Suspected common loon by the Travelodge Hotel at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

Suspected common loon

Female common goldeneye by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Female common goldeneye

Male common goldeneye by the Travelodge Hotel at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

Male common goldeneye

Greater/lesser scaup by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Greater/lesser scaup

Amid the throng were two new species for me, the surf scoter and the black scoter. The latter was discovered as I went through my pictures today. Woo hoo!

Two surf scoters by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Two surf scoters

Black scoter by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Black scoter

The waterfowl would fly a short distance stopping short of the pier. This went on for some time until I noted they moved to deeper waters, thus signalling the arrival of two great black-backed gulls. After the gulls left the vicinity the waterfowl returned closer to shore.

Pair of black-backed gulls by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Pair of black-backed gulls

Great black-backed gull by the Travelodge Hotel in Burington, ON

Great black-backed gull

About 50 ruddy ducks were in the waters off Spencer Smith Park.

Ruddy ducks by the Travelodge Hotel at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

Ruddy ducks

On the land, the owner of this dog intentionally moved toward a group of Canada geese. This was obviously sport to him. I’m sure if the geese retaliated every news outlet would run the story. This made me angry.

Dog Chasing geese at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

Chasing geese

The geese seemed no worse for wear but I’m sure they were frightened.

Canada geese by the Travelodge Hotel at the Lakeshore in Burlington, ON

Canada geese

On a more pleasant note, a wedding party was on the pier. I have intentionally obscured their faces.  Perfect conditions for a December wedding. I wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Wedding party on the pier in Burlington, ON

Wedding party

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