GOOD MORNING MR. BUFFALO-HEAD!

Ponds and waterways are filling up with one of the smallest ducks found on our shores, the Buffleheads. A most striking of winter residents (and feisty, too), the male is sharply feathered in black and white, with iridescent purple and green head feathers. The Buffleheads will be here through the winter, with most departing in early spring.

The name Bufflehead is derived from the name Buffalo-head, and they are so named because of the male’s puffy-shaped head. Another common name for this diminutive diver is Butterball.

The male’s head feathers are shaded with a beautiful rainbow sheen, while the female is a much plainer sort.
Two male Bufflheads

One thought on “GOOD MORNING MR. BUFFALO-HEAD!

  1. HEART the buffles! BEAUTIFUL Mergansers back SOON on NIles and Henry’s and EVERYWHERE else!
    I could not sort how to comment on your swan photos–they are gorgeous and it is SOOOOO grand to have swans back in the hood Thank you!!!!!
    Serena and I have been going by every morning to say Hey–Hi!!! Perhaps, Buddy’s grand kids??? sigh

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