Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Common to Uncommon

I took these photos yesterday while birding at Huddleston Pond in Willamina, they show two male Wigeons, the one on the left being the common American Wigeon and the one on the right an uncommon Eurasian Wigeon.  I counted over 120 American Wigeon, but only saw this one Eurasian Wigeon, and that is the normal situation with these two ducks.  American Wigeons summer and breed in the upper region of North America, and winter in great numbers in this area and further south.  The Eurasian Wigeon breeds in Eurasia, and winters in the tropics, but some birds seem to stray and end up here for the winter where they can be seen hanging out in single numbers with their more numerous cousins the American Wigeon.
   

3 comments:

  1. Donaldsville LarryJanuary 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Traveling far away for a family reunion!

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  2. Donaldsville LarryJanuary 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Curiosity...do these birds see in black and white, or do they visualize the wonderful colors that they exhibit? Good question, answer man?

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