LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Bird of the Week is the Bufflehead.This beautiful duckis fairly common in Arkansas throughout the winter.
A buoyant, large-headed duck that abruptly vanishes and resurfaces as it feeds, the tiny Bufflehead spends winters bobbing in bays, estuaries, reservoirs, and lakes. Males are striking black-and white from a distance. A closer look at the head shows glossy green and purple setting off the striking white patch.
Females are a subdued gray-brown with a neat white patch on the cheek. Bufflehead nest in old woodpecker holes, particularly those made by Northern Flickers, in the forests of northern North America.
This will be a good chance to bring up that duck season is in its final couple of weeks as well.