American Wigeon [Anas americana] ~ 2017 #07

There’s usually no problem finding the American Wigeon in the Lower Mainland during the winter.  The males are identifiable, by the white patch on their forehead and green face patch.   I do get the females and the juveniles mixed up though as they look identical, although I believe on the females  the black tip on the beak is more developed.

American Wigeon
American Wigeon ~ Ambleside, West Vancouver, BC ~ January 2017

Fact: “The American Wigeon was formerly known as “Baldpate” because the white stripe resembled a bald man’s head.” [allaboutbirds.org]

American Wigeon
American Wigeon (male) ~ George Riefel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ March 2016

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