At about 11:00 am, I headed to the nearby Lock Raven Reservoir to look for a Eurasian Wigeon that has been reported there during the winter at Peerce's Cove. However, I found only three American Wigeon with a mixed flock of Gadwall, Bufflehead, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, a few scaup and two mergansers that were either Red-breasted or Common Mergansers at which I got a very poor look. I did not find the Eurasian Wigeon.
At about 1:00 pm, I headed to Kent Narrows on the east side of the Bay Bridge east of Annapolis to search for the Tufted Duck. Tufted Duck is a also a European bird that has expanded into Iceland and Greenland and appears in the east during fall migration and winter. This female Tufted Duck has been overwintering at Kent Narrows with the other diving ducks. I first looked under the Route 18 bridge from the east and west sides and then under the Kent Narrows bridge. There were about 500 scaup, mostly Greater Scaup with a few Lesser Scaup mixed in, and about four Long-tailed Ducks. The most recent report on February 20 of the female Tufted Duck was under the dock at Red Eyes, so I needed to locate that. As I was scanning east from under the Kent Narrows Bridge from the viewing platform, on the other side I noticed Red Eyes Dock Bar and a few Buffleheads with a likely candidate for the female Tufted Duck, a very dark duck that was larger than the female and male Buffleheads. I headed to Red Eyes Dock Bar and walked out to the edge of the water. A small mixed group of Bufflehead and scaup swam out from either close to or under the dock, and included the female Tufted Duck. The photos show the smaller size than scaup and slightly larger than the female Bufflehead, the small tuft (female's is smaller than the male's), the white before the dark tip to the bill, the lack of white on the face like a female scaup and the overall dark brown color of the sides and back. The second photo shows the size comparison with scaup and Bufflehead.
The total is now 151. Shortly, I will make the total list available for viewing. Gotta go.....birding!