Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

The morning after another New England Patriots Super Bowl victory (it’s great to be a Pats fan) I was up early to try and get the Eurasian Wigeon being seen in Kennebunk, Maine.

The Eurasian Wigeon is an Old World species that occasionally will appear along east and west coasts.  This one has been seen with a large group of Mallards in an open water area along a frozen river.  

I arrive right after first light and had difficulty finding the Wigeon  . . . bad light, distance and a lot of mallards to scan through.  While searching I was surprised to see a Green-Winged Teal swimming with the ducks.

Green Winged Teal

Finally after breaking out the spotting scope I saw the Wigeon feeding on the back side of a muddy bank.  He would come into view for a second of two and then disappear from several minutes . . . frustrating but I was able to make a positive identification and a few bad photos.

While I was waiting for the next appearance . . . I was surprised to see a Northern Pintail . . . the third first of the year bird of the morning.

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