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Nesting of Buffle-Head Duck at Lake Almanor, California

Howard P. Davis
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
43
Issue: 
6 (November-December)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1941
Pages: 
294

Nesting of Buffle-head Duck at Lake Almanor, California

While motoring on Lake Almanor, Plumas County, on May 19, 1940, I passed through some standing dead timber on the south side of the lake. I was surprised to flush a female Buffle-head (Charitonetta albeola) from a hole 25 feet up in a dead tree. Either the noise of the motor or the boat brushing against the tree scared her out. The duck flew up the lake a considerable distance and settled on the water, giving opportunity to identify it with the aid of field glasses. On May 20, I returned with a ladder. The female was in the vicinity but she did not allow me to approach closely. The nest contained six partly incubated eggs.

Howard P. Davis

Alhambra, California, January 27, 1941

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