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Feather Color

Bufflehead males (Bucephala albeola) have iridescent¬† purple-green heads that often, depending on the light, appear black. In April, I photographed a bufflehead at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park CA.¬† In every picture but one, the bufflehead has a … Continue reading

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Bufflehead Youngsters

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Recently I saw another mother with her offspring at Lassen Volcanic National Park. This bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)¬†female and seven youngsters were swimming in Manzanita Lake. Buffleheads are mid-range migratory waterfowl. Upon first glance at a range map, it would appear … Continue reading

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Bufflehead

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A couple weeks ago I mentioned that a hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) can be easily confused with a bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) in the field. I have never done a post on the bufflehead. . . Buffleheads are small diving ducks … Continue reading

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Hooded Merganser

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While watching the usual suspects (mallards, golden eyes, buffleheads, wigeon, etc.) on a pond at the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery (Shasta County CA) I noticed an unusual bird and was delighted to identify a single male hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) … Continue reading

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