The Lesser Scaup is chiefly a prairie breeder wintering south to the Gulf states.
It is mainly a bird of passage in Ontario, though a few may be found in summer and winter.
Lesser Scaup show a purple gloss on the head. Greater Scaup show a green gloss.
The Lesser Scaup is usually in a shallow, marshy habitat, not in deep water where the Greater Scaup is often seen in great rafts.
Species list: black-crowned night heron, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, bufflehead, American wigeon, long-tailed duck, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, American coot, ring-billed gull, herring gull, rock pigeon, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (23 species)
Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,
Or past some river’s mouth,
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south. – Wilfred Campbell (1858–1918)
I love those beautiful winter ducks. Great action shots, too!