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Thursday, May 30, 2013


I stopped by Porto Bodega after work and happened upon this male Bufflehead sitting on a rock.  It's late for Buffleheads to be in this area.  Most of them have left for more northern or inland breeding sites.  There are only about 8 records of summering Buffleheads listed in The Birds of Sonoma County (2001 and 2012).

When the Bufflehead turned slightly, the feather shafts in the left wing were quite visible.  This bird appears to be molting its wing feathers.

I know it's not officially summer yet, but it'll be interesting to see how long this Bufflehead continues to linger in Bodega Harbor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

probably until he grows back a few of those feathers...