Saturday, November 24, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 258 ~

It was the first time I had seen a Male American Wigeon.


A medium sized dabbling duck,
the male has a striking head pattern with a green stripe stretching from it's eye to it's back.


They have a creamy white patch on their forehead and crown.


Their face and neck are a speckled gray.

Swimming in the middle of my favorite lake, they are generally only seen here in winter.
So I guess that means it is winter here...it surely feels like it.


There was no green strip on this one,
I thought perhaps it was a female but it did not match the picture in my book.

I also saw a Female Wood Duck
I looked for it's prettier male partner but did not see him.
Last year there was a pair in this lake, so I assume / hope the pair is back.

- stay tuned, I will keep looking -

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20 comments:

  1. The old vernacular name for American Wigeon was Baldpate, based on the view that the white strip down the centre of a head resembled a bald person.

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  2. Love these ducks. Thank you for sharing! Great photos, Debbie!

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  3. Oh, I love that patch of green! Beautiful duck! The female Wood Duck is showing off!

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  4. Hello Debbie, awesome photos of the Wigeons. They are pretty ducks. I love the sweet female wood duck too. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  5. So many different kinds and so happy that you have studied to tell us about it.

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  6. Never seen his duck. Pretty pictures and have a lovely weekend :)

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  7. How neat with that little big of green! It looks like it would glow in the dark! Beautiful photos! Happy weekend!

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  8. Beautiful, wonderful bird photos!
    I think the one you are not sure of is the female American Wigeon. It looks like the photo in my Audubon bird book.

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  9. I will always stay tuned, Debbie.

    Beautiful photo's!

    xoxo

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  10. Gorgeous! I love the green eye piece :D)

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  11. What a pretty duck! The American Wigeon is certainly striking.

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  12. Wow, I have never even seen a photo of an American Wigeion. I find the color pattern interesting. It would be fun to see a photo of the male duck. I continue to be fascinated by the fact that the male birds are often more beautiful than the female ones.
    Loved this one!
    Blessings and hugs~

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  13. Hello! Great photos! It looks little bit same like a eurasian wigeon, but there are also differences between these two.

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  14. A lovely duck. The one that you are not sure of may either be a younger one or it is the wya the light is playing on its feathers debbie

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  15. What a sweetie, and that touch of green is really unique!

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  16. I have never seen those around here, how cool is that, good eye! That one does have some of the same coloring like it could be the female!

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  17. Thanks for being so patient with me while I was on a holiday break! I LOVE having you share your blog with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

    Loved the A. Wigeon series.

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