Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March at the Lake....

The other day my daughters and I were up at a lake and saw this Bufflehead.....I believe it is the female ....the male was present but he kept diving when I wanted to take his photo...maybe he was camera shy. Buffleheads got their name because their head in proportion to their bodies are so much larger and remind them of a buffalo and so named them "buffleheads".

These birds are widely distributed along the coast in the winter.

Buffleheads antics: they explode straight up from the water like tiny missiles. They are often seen in mountain lakes(as in this case) as breeding sites. The female searches for cavity, usually a flicker hole , in which to nest. Her small size enables her to squeeze into woodpecker holes.

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