Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola, out of focus, yes, but ever so rare to see one of these on land. That wedge of white on the head makes this species unmistakable.
Nearby, in a furry-budded magnolia, just waiting to burst open in a couple of months, was the ruins of a bald-faced wasp nest. I thought I might find a shard of the wasps' paper on the ground, but found a piece of the hive instead.
I like the little rings of ice around the reeds.
After Monday's mocking bird and brant, and today's bufflehead, ruddy duck, great blue heron, ring-necked duck, and fox sparrow, I have now seen 41 species of birds in Brooklyn since New Year's day. The number won't be getting too much higher soon, athough there are some near-shore ducks I hope to spot in the harbor or Jamaica Bay in the near future.