A small duck with a short bill and round head, the American Wigeon has a reddish-brown body, and a speckled grayish head that is plain in females and boldly patterned in males. Its bill is blue-gray with a narrow black border at the base, and its feet are dark gray. Apparent in flight, the speculum, or wing-patch, is dark iridescent-green, looking black at times, with white on the forewing. The male has distinctive, black undertail coverts, a white forehead, and iridescent green band sweeping back from the eye. Females, juveniles, and eclipse-plumage males lack these markings. Males are usually in eclipse plumage in the post-breeding, pre-migration period from July to September.
First Sighting of Year
|Saturday, April 4, 2015||37 Dunstan Landing Rd Scarborough ME United States|
|Saturday, April 2, 2016||Bowdoinham ME United States|
|Saturday, October 21, 2017||128€“154 Island Dr Newbury MA United States|
|Thursday, January 25, 2018||Rockland ME United States|