Foraging behavior of Long-tailed Ducks in a ferry wake

Northeastern Naturalist



Clangula hyemalis (Long-tailed Ducks) were observed diving in the wake of the Nantucket Island ferry during December over a 5-year period (2005–2009). The unusual diving behavior appeared to be related to foraging, but could not be confirmed. Long-tailed Ducks typically feed on more mobile prey than most other diving ducks, and it is speculated that the propeller wash in shallow water dislodged or disturbed prey and provided an enhanced feeding opportunity. Long-tailed Ducks collected while feeding in a disturbed area near a clamming boat not far from the ferry channel were feeding predominantly on Crangon septemspinosa (Sand Shrimp) that apparently had been dislodged by the clamming operation.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Foraging behavior of Long-tailed Ducks in a ferry wake
Series title Northeastern Naturalist
DOI 10.1656/045.019.0112
Volume 19
Issue 1
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Humboldt Field Research Institute
Publisher location Steuben, ME
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Northeastern Naturalist
First page 135
Last page 139
Time Range Start 2005-12-01
Time Range End 2009-12-31
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Other Geospatial Nantucket Island
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