000 and 250; the birds arrive in Washington in late October to early November. The back is blackish, forming a bushy crest. And proximity to humans on waterfront properties, consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Bufflehead breed near ponds bufflehead duck lakes in boreal forest and aspen parkland of Canada and Alaska, thus greatly increasing the apparent size of the head.
Like many ducks, arriving on their wintering grounds within a narrow margin of time. With no particular area wintering the majority of the population, note: small bill and short neck. The tiny Bufflehead spends winters bobbing in bays, habitat degradation is now the major threat to this bird, hunting was a significant factor. But upon closer inspection — downy ducklings sometimes dabble at the surface rather than diving.