Monday, January 11, 2021

Trumpeter Swan and Wigeons

A few days ago, I wrote about Ring-necked Ducks feeding alongside Trumpeter Swans on Capitol Lake in Olympia. Dennis Paulson commented on my blog that American Wigeons also take advantage of the swans’ messy eating habits. On 7 January 2021, we found a dozen swans surrounded by wigeons, just as Dennis predicted.
While I was photographing the swans, Erika called to me, “Look! There’s a Eurasian Wigeon!” Sure enough, among the American Wigeons swam at least one Eurasian Wigeon. These much less common birds, at least in North America, breed across the Old World and into Alaska.

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