Atypicals (1)

Bufflehead female (Bucephala albeola)

This bird sent me to the thesaurus. Many dozens of her ilk had visited the North Basin over the past few months, but all had migrated northward to their breeding grounds, except this one. I wrote about her on May 24, “Bufflehead Bachelorette,” but fully expected her to be gone by now. Yet two weeks later, here she remains. She perched on a stone facing a flock of maybe 75 mostly snoozing big grebes and preened energetically. She showed no signs of injury or illness. Somehow for some reason, this bird had decided migration, shmigration, who needs it? Here’s a thesaurus list of synonyms for “unique:”

  • atypical
  • avant-garde
  • bizarre
  • breaking new ground
  • conspicuous
  • cool
  • curious
  • eccentric
  • eminent
  • exceptional
  • extraordinary
  • loner
  • noteworthy
  • original
  • out-of-the-way
  • outlandish
  • outstanding
  • peculiar
  • prodigious
  • puzzling
  • queer
  • rare
  • remarkable
  • special
  • strange
  • uncommon
  • unimaginable
  • unordinary
  • unparalleled
  • unprecedented
  • unthinkable
  • unusual
  • unwonted
  • weird

Personally, my heart hurts for her. The experience of being one of a kind, a stranger, an outsider, without a flock, belongs to almost every kid growing up, no matter what age. Still, people are resilient, and birds no less so. I urge park visitors to keep an eye out for her. She hangs around the east side of the park, low on the rocks and in the water near shore.

Bufflehead female (Bucephala albeola)

More about Bufflehead: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon In Chavez Park

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  • June 12, 2021 at 12:36 pm
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    Hopefully she’s not lonely, but enjoying her solo life, dancing to her own drummer as it were…

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