Monday, January 25, 2010

Wigeons in the rain.

American Wigeons are among the commonest puddle-ducks on the south coast of British Columbia in winter, and form large flocks in bays, sloughs and parks with suitable habitat. They frequently graze on land.

Male (L) & female (R).

The pink-beige coloration is distinctive, as is the voice. Males emit a high-pitched, multi-syllabic call that Sibley (Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America) describes as "airy, two- or three-part, whistled wi-WIW-weew."


Karen said...

We saw a huuuuuge flock of them this weekend on a field near a lake here in town. They are super cute, I love their head shapes. I somehow missed the squeaky call, a lot were sleeping so maybe they were having a quiet moment?

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos! They are pretty ducks and one of my favorites.