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.”
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