Date: 2/3/18 6:00 pm From: David McLean (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Tufted Duck on Bulls not seen today
Sat 3 Feb 2018
I was back on Bulls Island today on a field trip with the Charleston Natural History Society. Along with a few other birders chasing the Tufted Duck reported from Jack's Creek yesterday, we had numerous scopes looking for the one Tufted Duck among a raft of 1600 Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks but came up empty. I feel that we had a better than even chance of seeing the Tufted Duck had it been there in that large raft.
When we were watching the Tufted Duck yesterday, Friday, it behaved as though it was right at home. It was resting among many other ducks, was interacting with those others as though it was just another Lesser Scaup, and appeared well settled. Jack's is a big impoundment with many large open areas that the LESC seem to favor, and we were unable to look into most of those other areas today. The Tufted Duck could have easily been in another area of Jack's. Hopefully if will be re-sighted by others in the next few days.