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I realized after posting the Eurasian Wigeon that I haven’t made a post honouring its local counterpart – the American Wigeon!  A duck I really respect for its commitment to adorableness.  Come out and say hello why don’t you?

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“Oh no, I’m too shy”

Awww don’t be silly, bring your friend and say hi!

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“Can’t hear you up in these feathers”

But what are you so afraid of?

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“Them!”

Oh, I see – well that army of Scaups is harmless – don’t believe the memes!

Wigeons are probably the most common duck around these parts next to mallards. The males have some green on their head like the mallard, but have a prominent white/cream coloured swatch on the forehead.  They also have a pretty distinctive overall shape, with small heads and slight bills, which are blue-grey in colour for males and females.  The males have a white patch on their wings near the shoulders which is helpful for ID’ing in flight.

Here a couple finally comes to say hello — and when they do it is with the MOST adorable of ALL duck sounds.  It is the opposite of the quintessential mallard QUACK – a sweet squeaky whistle that makes you want to give it a squeeze – like a dog toy.  But don’t!

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While is is always easiest to identify when you can see their faces, you can see they also have a different pattern from other ducks such as the mallard – click on the picture below to enlarge, and see if you can spot a wigeon or two.

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A perfectly natural feeding frenzy

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