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A Lone Visitor

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This little drake Bufflehead Duck visited the pond here on February 14, 2013 when I snapped these pictures.  This is the first time a Bufflehead Duck has been at the pond this season.  I did not see any other Buffleheads with this particular one.  The Buffleheads are diving ducks.  They are smaller than a lot of other ducks and have a white and black coloration.  The drakes are white and black with the hens being dark charcoal grayish-black and white.  Hen Bufflehead Ducks are almost a perfect opposite of the drakes.

The big problem for these attractive ducks is that they happen to be a favorite food of several large raptors, primarily Bald Eagles!  It is a good thing that they can stay underwater for a good length of time in their dives.  For a long time while I watched this drake Bufflehead, it was the only duck out on the water of the pond.  After awhile, I did see a quartet of Mallards come out and paddle around.  The Bufflehead approached the larger Mallards, but they did not seem too receptive of socializing with the white and black duck.  I took these pictures in my yard on Valentine’s Day.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Lone Visitor" (10)

  1. Gosh, i wonder what is going on with the little guy. Maybe sick or something…

    • Hi Ginny, A true mystery. No sign of the Bufflehead this morning but then the Mallards are nowhere to be seen either. There are Buffleheads on a large lake about three miles down the road so maybe that is where this duck came from or went to. Have an outstanding day today and a nice coming weekend!

      • Hi all, Very exciting thing just happened – the Sand Hill Cranes have begun their Northern migration from the Hiwassi Preserve near Dayton, TN. I just had literally hundreds of Sand Hill Cranes fly over my home! I did take lots of pictures. The birds were flying high up so no close-ups. Pictures to be posted here soon.

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    what a COOL visitor!

  3. The Bufflehead ducks are pretty and one of my favorites. A great visitor to your pond. Have a happy weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, Yes, I was totally happy to have this duck come here. It was not around today at all but I think I saw a lone Bufflehead drake at a pond a couple miles up the road (that pond is along side the roadway that I often drive on). Have a super nice weekend!

  4. Very distinctive marking on those guys.

  5. Cute little guy. I hope he is okay.

  6. Great shots, I love these little cuties, we have them around the Chesapeake Bay throughout the winter. Many times I’ll spot a single male or female Bufflehead, and they always seem content to be on their own, diving and feeding. Other times, a male will have three or four female around him or vice versa! So hoping yours being alone was enjoying a little ‘me time’, lol, and then connected with a few others along his travels. 🙂

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