Sometimes you only get one chance at something... it's OKAY to say wait a minute...and get up and dust yourself off and try again! So that is what I did. Not just once but 5 times!
Then on the 19th of Jan I went up to the Dam and down under the bridge to see the Greater Scaup... that was a lifer also and on that same day when I left the Dam I drove 2 hrs south to the town of Branchville where a long tailed duck had been reported the day before...I found the ponds, and some friendly donkeys, but no ducks...so 3rd fail on the long tailed duck.
After 2 hrs of foggy high speed driving...I was in a state of shock, and I kept telling myself this was nuts. I had not eaten and had barely had coffee. Upon arrival I did a quick drive by then parked and walked the frontage of the lake on the road's edge.
When I scanned the smaller pond the to the left of this house....I saw that flash of white and I knew I had spotted him...I had to walk down the frontage road and then up a residential side street to the farther-est eastern corner beyond the house in the smaller lake and that's where he was diving.
And there he was in all his groovy colors. Snowy white head, big psychedelic white eye ring, dark pinto looking cheek patch, dark sides with a white back and long pointed tail..oh and the pink and black bill.
I am amazed at how long this duck stays under water when they dive..
It felt so great to be able to finally see one!! Now normal life can resume...My Long Tailed Duck story is done.