Buffleheads at Humber Bay: December 2021

Because of the oversized head, the Bufflehead was originally called the “Buffalo-headed Duck.” Over time this was shortened to Bufflehead.

Buffleheads nest in tree cavities near ponds and rivers in the north and winter on open lakes, harbours and bays.

The female looks quite different than the male and is said to have “a feather in her cap.”

Buffleheads (female)
Bufflehead (female)
Buffleheads
Buffleheads
Bufflehead (male)
Bufflehead (male)
Buffleheads
Bufflehead (female)
Bufflehead (male)
Bufflehead (male)
Bufflehead (male)
Bufflehead (male)
Buffleheads
Bufflehead (female)
Bufflehead (male)

Other birds:

Gadwall (male)
Mallard (female)
Pekin Duck
hybrid “bib” duck
American Black Ducks
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Pekin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Pekin Duck
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Black-capped Chickadee

NATURE POETRY

Granny’s come to our house,
    And ho! my lawzy-daisy!
All the childern round the place
    Is ist a-runnin’ crazy!
Fetched a cake fer little Jake,
    And fetched a pie fer Nanny,
And fetched a pear fer all the pack
    That runs to kiss their Granny!       – James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916 

Miles Hearn

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