Friday, April 4, 2008

A Bufflehead!

A bufflehead duck visited my pond today!

Bufflehead Duck

Not the best picture, as it kept diving underwater so I just wanted to get any shot I could before it swam out of view! I'm excited, as Buffleheads are on my list of birds I most want to see, and I didn't even have to leave home to see one!

This is either a female bufflehead, or a first winter male (though I'm thinking female based on the shape of her white cheek mark).

Hoorah! According to Cornell's page about buffleheads, they'll likely be heading out of here shortly, as they winter around here and then fly north to nest. Maybe this one is on its way back home.

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