[Tweeters] Eurasian Wigeon -North America breeding?

Bob Sundstrom ixoreus at scattercreek.com
Mon Mar 9 21:21:14 PDT 2015

Hi, Jack,

There seem to be a few particular American Wigeon flocks in the PNW that in winter have a high proportion of Eurasians mixed in, especially at Samish Flats and Roberts Bank in B.C. I've seen as many as 50 in one flock on the Samish Flats some winters, many as male/female pairs. But I don't think this is necessarily evidence of North American breeding. On the Asian side, I'm still looking for my first American Wigeon in Japan after leading three winter tours there and seeing thousands of Eurasian Wigeons.


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From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Jack Stephens
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Subject: [Tweeters] Eurasian Wigeon -North America breeding?

I have become used to Eurasian Wigeons becoming more common over the years. This weekend however, I saw something that was new, at least for me. In a flock of American Wigeon, between the West 90 and Samish Island, was an American Wigeon flock with at least 16 Eurasian Wigeons mixed in. With this high number, it raises the questions as to whether all of these birds are from Asia, or if they are now starting to breed in North America. Does anyone know of new information about this?

Jack Stephens
Edmonds, WA
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