Buffalo-headed Ducks at Ashbridge’s Bay: Jan. 16, 2023

When the first Europeans saw a 13 – 15 inch black and white duck with a large head, they called it the “Buffalo-headed Duck.” Over time, this was simplified to “Bufflehead” and we had several small flocks of them this morning.

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

Other birds:

Canada Geese
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Mourning Dove
Canada Geese
American Robin
Common Goldeneye
Mute Swans
American Goldfinch
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Lesser Scaup (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Merganser (female)


 We were at Sam Smith today and saw the Snowy Owl, a Bald Eagle and this mink which was snacking on “sushi” as a passerby called it!  Alas, we could not find that Long-Eared Owl.


Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,

and let every new year find you a better man.                    – Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)

Miles Hearn

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