Bufflehead Ducks at Rouge National Park
Late one fall, Bob and I hiked a new trail at Rouge National Urban Park, here in Toronto, Ontario. We were amazed at how remote it felt on the edge of a big city, and the Bufflehead ducks that are from the Arctic seemed right at home.
There are numerous ponds that have formed in the wetlands, where we have seen beavers, and a wide variety of waterfowl.
Bob atop a century’s old tree stump, a remnant from logging days in the past.
Before we reached the largest pond, the cacophony of bird calls announced the presence of hundreds of Canada Geese and a variety of ducks.
In amongst the Canada Geese were several pairs of Bufflehead Ducks, although at first glance, they were difficult to pick out given that their plumage and markings greatly resembled those of the geese, not to mention some Common Goldeneye Ducks that we also spotted.
We had never seen this type of duck before as we saw at Rouge National Urban Park, but upon returning home, we learned that Bufflehead ducks are big-headed diving ducks that usually spend summers in Alaska and northern parts of the western provinces of Canada. Seeing as they winter primarily along either the eastern or western seaboards of Canada and the United States.