[Tweeters] Storm Widgeon

Neil and Carleen Zimmerman n3zims at comcast.net
Sun Dec 11 19:03:38 PST 2016

Hello Tweeters,
I didn't know what a Storm Widgeon was either until last month. My wife, Carleen, and I led a Seattle Audubon Master Birder Class field trip to Port Townsend last month. We were at Kah Tai Lagoon, when one of the sharp-eyed students, Andy Jacobson, found a unusual colored widgeon in the big flock of American Widgeons. Andy said it was a "Storm Widgeon". He knew what it was but it was a term I have heard before but never knew what it was. We whipped out our phones and in seconds found out that "Only a few hunters and very few birders know this striking bird. It is a natural variant American Wigeon with an all-white face rather than speckled gray." Supposedly shows up with storms hence the name.
Yesterday, Carleen and I led a Seattle Audubon field trip again to Kah Tai Lagoon. After looking through a couple hundred American Widgeons and a couple of Eurasian Widgeons, a Storm Widgeon was found. Probably the same bird. Too far from us to get any photos, but pretty much everyone got a look at this interesting bird.
This reinforces the idea that unusual birds are found by looking at every bird.
Anyone else heard this name or seen this bird?


Neil Zimmerman
Brier, WA

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