Bucephala albeola

This is a normal, though sparse, winter resident that is regularly found during early spring. They become less reliable by the end of May and are rarely encountered after early June with only a few records of lingering summer birds. There are a handful of summer arrivals, most commonly in early July, which is likely due to failed breeding birds that begin to wander. Except for a single late August arrival, they have not been located before early October in the fall with double digit numbers having been recorded by mid-October, while similar numbers carry through the winter season into early spring depending on the extent of the winter pack ice and the amount of ice free water around the islands.

Photo by Barbara Lestenkof
Bufflehead (left) with Long-tailed Ducks by Ryan P. O’Donnell
Photo by Colin Sumrall