Patient of the week: Bufflehead


Photos by Isabel LuevanoBufflehead

This week’s featured patient is a male Bufflehead, one of two such sea ducks currently in care at our San Francisco Bay center.

Rehabilitation technician Isabel Luevano reports that one Bufflehead was found in Foster City, CA on December 13, and was thin with minor foot abrasions. The other bird was found in San Bruno, CA on December 16 — also thin with foot abrasions. These birds are migrating at this time of the year through our area.

Both birds are doing well in care and can be seen during the day on our BirdCam, along with a a Common Goldeneye, a Surf Scoter and a tiny Eared Grebe.


Update: Released! Rehabilitation technician Isabel Luevano sent these photos of the birds final evaluation and banding.