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Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Posted on Dec 12, 2014

Can you identify the rarity in this photo? It is a distant record shot of five birds with the one in the upper right being of the most interest. There are four American Wigeons (Anas americana) and one Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), the latter species being a rare but regular find in the United States. This was the cloudy scene on a small and otherwise unremarkable pond behind a high school in Connecticut earlier this week as the male Eurasian has been hanging out with this American group for a few weeks. All of the ducks were very busy feeding. You never know where unusual birds will decide to set up shop. Go find something strange in your own patch this weekend!

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) with American Wigeon in pond-0191

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator