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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tufted Duck at Parvin State Park near Vineland NJ

Tufted Duck at center rear

      Sharon and I made an attempt today for the Tufted Duck found at Parvin State Park near Vineland, NJ. We arrived around 9:45AM and started scanning the lake and found lots of Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads, Wood Duck and Horned and Pied-billed Grebes. Then I was joined by Armas Hill and we talked to a passerby who told us that there is another lake that the bird is being seen on this morning. So we hopped back in the car and headed to Thundergust Lake about 1/2 mile away. We arrived there and quickly knew that the bird must be present as we couldn't find a parking spot. That was a good indicator. 
      We strolled down the path alongside the lake and found the crowd and quickly got on the duck. It was a nice looking male, in good sunlight, with a thick, long tuft hanging down the back of its head. My photos were not great, as you can see above, but you should check out the ebird sighting list here to look at better photos.
       The park is only about an hour drive from Media, and is easy to get to, so you should consider a quick trip over to see this rare and wonderful visitor from Europe.

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