December 7th   Leave a comment

There are two sorts of dabbling duck down at Roome Bay at the moment. About 30 or so mallards and at least a couple of pairs of wigeon. Everyone can identify male mallards – the classic duck –with a bright green head. Wigeons are equally easy to identify with the males having an orangey red head with a broad central crown stripe of much paler orange. Female ducks are trickier to identify, but usually come with an accompanying male to help you sort them out initially, ready for when you do see a female on its own. Wigeons have a very appealing whistling call, a “whee – you” that is evocative of cold winter days and the coast.

Male wigeon

Posted December 7, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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