Buffle Boys

The Bufflehead have populated the waters around Cesar Chavez Park since the beginning of the month. Three, four or more flocks of them can be seen east, north, and west. This particular grouping of about two dozen came close enough to the eastern shore of the park to let visitors watch the beginnings of their courtship rituals. This is the males’ business. One or another will get energized and scoot through the water as if he had a jet assist. He’s showing off. Then comes head bobbing, wing flapping, and charging at each other. It’s still relatively calm now, with only a few males excited. It will get crazier.

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) males (L) and females.

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