#2-Bufflehead ducks

My summer camp is located in central Maine on Bufflehead Lake.

At first I thought bufflehead sounded kind of like a word you could use as an insult.

“My sister Goon is such a bufflehead!”

But a bufflehead is a type of duck. The name comes from buffalo and head, because, like a buffalo, this kind of duck has a big head in comparison to the rest of its body.

Buffleheads are diving ducks. It’s fun to watch them dive and try to guess when and where they’ll pop back up again. They are very strong for their size (they weigh only about one pound) and are one of the few ducks that can take off from the water without flapping and running for a long time before they get up into the air.

They eat mollusks (like mussels and snails), crustaceans (like crawfish), and insect larvae.

Some of them travel all the way from the Canadian west coast to Maine each year. (I can’t be sure of this because I don’t speak Buffleheadian, but that’s what some of the online sites I researched said.)

I like birds a lot.

What kinds of interesting birds have you seen? Do you know anything weird or fun or educational about birds?

You could—if you want to—tell me below.

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Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. I’m a bit of a fan of birds of prey. But my favorite is probably the raven because I love the poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
    “Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore'”

    • Once upon a midnight queasy,
      While I sat, a bit uneasy,
      Suddenly I heard a rumbling,
      As if someone clumsy, stumbling,
      Staggered past my open door
      Needing Band-Aids for a sore.

  2. P.s, could you come to my school some time? My school is Charles Townes Center, also know as Sterling school. I am about to be in fourth grade.

  3. Your book is awesome!!!!!!!!! I love it soooooooooooooo much!
    We have a cool bird feeder, and almost every day, we see a woodpecker

  4. Hi Cheesie Mack! I loved your book. By the way, I loved your second book. I go to Sunrise Elementary. Remember us? By the way, my name is Vivien. LOL! My sister Goon is such a bufflehead.

  5. oh my gosh i think that, that is so mean to say about your sister and also you never respond to my comments and i was just wondering if you really went o camp as your child hood from the author and if you ever really seen like chessie mack at camp and i wondering if i should go there for this summer