bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 10 inches Wingspan: 24 inches
Very small compact diving duck
Very small dark gray bill
Immature female similar to adult female, but immature male has a larger white cheek patch
Adult male alternate:
Alternate plumage worn from fall through early summer
Dark glossy head
Large white patch on the head from behind the eye
White breast, belly and flanks
Inner wing white and outer wing dark, visible in flight
Adult male basic:
Similar to adult female but with a larger white cheek patch
Dark brown head and body, breast and flanks paler
Oval white patch on face behind eye
White inner secondaries and otherwise dark wing, visible in flight
Female bufflehead distinguished from female harlequin duck by white
secondaries and single white patch behind the eye.
Breeding Habitat:Wetland-open water
Length of Incubation: 29-31(28-33) days
Days to Fledge:50-55
Number of Broods:1
Diet: Primarily aquatic invertebrates; lesser quantities of green plant
matter, seeds, and fish
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley