Buffleheads Coming & Going

We are going through a patch of crappy weather with spitting rain and temperatures in the high 30’s or low 40’s.  It’s good wood fire weather and not much fun fiddling with tripods, scopes, and cameras.  But, hey, it’s Vermont in November so suck it up and get out there.

Yesterday I took a look at some local bodies of water for new arrivals but only ran into Black Scoters  and these nine Bufflehead way out on Wrightsville Reservoir.

The nice thing about Bufflehead, aside from their “spiffiness,” is that they tend to cruise along and not dive and disappear like Hooded Mergansers.

I went back early this morning to Wrightsville and found only a solo male floating away on the deserted reservoir.  Was he new?  Did his buddies leave without him?  We’ll never know but I suspect he’ll be on his way on the north winds we are getting today.  He’s come a long way from his breeding grounds and still has a way to go before winter.  Neat little birds — great to have them around for a while.

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3 Responses to Buffleheads Coming & Going

  1. Dan says:

    We have some hanging out in Thatcher Brook, Waterbury right now.

  2. Where on Thatcher? I don’t know of any good birding spots on that brook?

  3. Dan says:

    They’ve been behind our house the last few days. We’re near Ben & Jerry’s. We do get lots of bird activity, though I wouldn’t call myself a birder. In our yard/brook recently, I’ve witnessed several types of ducks, owls, herrings, red tail hawks, etc. We get lots of other wildlife as well with the water, nearby hills, country club, etc.

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