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The Bufflehead Ducks That Visited Last Winter

Bufflehead Ducks were here almost all Winter.  As far as I know, these small diving ducks have left for their Northern home waters.   I enjoyed seeing them while they were here.  I took these pictures in February and March, 2011, from my yard and from other spots here on the lake.  The Bufflehead Ducks dive for their food.  They are expert swimmers under the water.  They eat aquatic insects, and aquatic plants.  The male or drake Bufflehead Duck is white with very dark green, and black accents.  The bill is dark and quite short.  The female or hen is a dark brown that almost appears black with white accents.  The Bufflehead Ducks were migratory Winter visitors here in Cumberland County, TN.  I liked having them here as they were beautiful but shy visitors.  I’ll look forward to seeing them again late in November or early in December.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  I am going to be taking another week-long blog break so I will be right back here with more new pictures and information a week from tomorrow!  See ya then!   :  )

Hooded Mergansers Visit the Lake

Hooded Mergansers came to the lake on Saturday, December 18, 2010 in the morning.  I took the pictures thinking that I was seeing Buffleheads.  Much to my amazement, the Ducks were Hooded Mergansers.  I had to look up some information about these small diving Ducks on the Internet,  as I had never before seen them.  The Hooded Mergansers have a large crest of feathers on their head.  The drakes or males have a white crest which they raise or lower as they desire.  The female is brown with the same kind of crest but their crest is brown.  The drake is black, white and tan.  The Hooded Mergansers have long narrow slightly pointed black bills.  These diving ducks enjoy eating small fish, and small aquatic animals and insects.  These Ducks do stay in Tennessee year around but I have never seen the Hooded Merganser here before.  I saw about six of these Hooded Mergansers, with a quartet and a duo.  I only spotted one hen or female in this group.  There likely were other Hooded Mergansers on the lake as their was a large group of  water birds way out on the far shore of the lake.  After a few moments, the Hooded Mergansers spotted me and flew off to the far shore.  I so enjoyed seeing these visiting Ducks.  I took these pictures from my balcony on 12/18/10 at about 9:00 AM.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Red-Breasted Merganser Ducks on the Lake in Cumberland County, TN

Red-Breasted Merganser Ducks have visited our lake here in the past few days.  I noticed them and took pictures on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at about 3:00 PM.  I took these pictures from my deck.  The Ducks were a long way off shore.  They are rarely seen visitors here coming from the Northern areas of North America up into the Canadian East Coast.  They also are found in British Columbia and Alaskan waters.  They sometimes Winter in the Gulf of Mexico, which is why we are likely seeing these Ducks in Cumberland County, Tennessee now.  The Red-Breasted Mergansers have a diet primarily of fish but occasionally will eat other small aquatic animals.  They are diving Ducks.  They  have a crested top knot of feathers on their heads and have a long slender pointed bill that is usually an orange or orange-red color.  They also have a pinkish grey belly and light grey to white patches on their wings.  They are excellent fliers.  I was very thrilled to have seen these shy and rarely viewed Ducks!  I do apologize for the fuzzy pictures.  The Mergansers were a long way away and I was using my long telephoto lens on my Nikon camera.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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