Thursday, February 9, 2017

Another Storm Wigeon

A very few male American Wigeons have pure white head, rather than speckled gray-brown. The green eye patch is really striking against the white. My post on Storm Wigeon from 3 years ago is actually the most popular post in my entire blog--I assume as much from duck hunters as birders, because the hunters are usually aware of the term, but birders are less aware of this rare individual variation.

"Storm Wigeon." American Wigeon variant. Escondido, California. December 12, 2016. Greg Gillson.