The Redhead is one of the sexier of our ducks, if searches on Google for “sexy redhead” are any indication.  It is a well-named duck, as the male does have a red head.  Of course, other ducks have red heads too but for whatever reason Aythya americana got the name and now has to live up to it with unlimited sex appeal.  Fortunately for everyone involved the Redhead has no difficulty being an absolutely ravishing redhead and even those who aren’t inclined towards the gingers surely would look at least twice if they saw one through a spotting scope.

That is, of course, what I did last weekend.  Though, actually, I looked a lot more than twice as Seth and I, following a tip from a fellow birder, had ventured to an unassuming little body of water called Lake Capri in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York, and found no fewer than 92 Redhead floating around with a veritable menagerie of other ducks.  It was easily the most Redhead I have ever seen in one place and I was pleased to get some decent digiscoped shots.

Here’s hoping you enjoy Aythya americana…but try not to enjoy these redheads too much.  Save that for the duck butts.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.