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The Redhead breeds as far north as Alaska, but also is a year-round resident in California’s Central Valley. I found proof of breeding in San Diego when I photographed a hen with a brood of young behind her at Whelan Lake in Oceanside California.

More than most other ducks, Redheads will lay their eggs in other nests, usually other ducks. The practice is called brood parasitism. While other ducks are the usual victims of this practice, other bird species have been the recipients of these “gifts”.

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