Tuesday, December 11, 2018

American Wigeon

Even before we arrived at our hotel in Olympia, Washington, on 3 December 2018, we stopped to look at waterfowl on Capitol Lake. We scanned a large flock of American Wigeons, trying, unsuccessfully to turn a few of them into Eurasian Wigeons (which differ from the American version in being much brighter reddish-brown and by the males’ tan crowns). American Wigeons eat mostly plants—only during the breeding season do they turn to insects. Compared to other ducks, their bills are relatively short and narrow.

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