Black or Surf Duck
Buffed headed Duck
They are dexterous divers, and fly with extraordinary velocity..
Having fulfilled the great law of nature [migration], the approaching rigours of that dreary climate oblige these vast congregated flocks to steer for the more genial regions of the south. And no sooner do they arrive at those countries of the earth inhabited by man, than carnage and slaughter is commenced on their ranks. The English at Hudson's Bay, says Pennant, depend greatly on geese, an in favourable years kill three or four thousand and barrel them up for use.. After such prodigious havoc as thus appears to be made among these birds, and their running the gauntlet, if I may so speak, for many hundreds of miles through such destructive fires, no wonder they should have become more scarce, as well as shy, by the time they reach the shores of the United States.
If we except the singularly formed and disproportionate size of the bill, there are few ducks more beautiful or more elegantly marked than this. The excellence of its flesh, which is uniformly juicy, tender, and well tasted, is another recommendation to which it is equally entitled.