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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Geese & Ducks Rare Winter

Bufflehead, male - CSU San Bernardino © Tom Benson


Bufflehead, females - CSU San Bernardino © Tom Benson

The Bufflehead is a rare winter visitor to campus between November and March in the flooded basins around Badger Hill. The Bufflehead is a fairly common wintering bird in southern California, and can be found on most bodies of water.The adult male Bufflehead can be identified by its white underparts and black upperparts with a large white quarter-circle above and behind the eye. Females and young males are white below and dark gray above with a small white oval patch below the eye.