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Notice the contrast between the head/neck and breast, the gray rather than white inner secondary (visible below those 3 black tertials)... I would not be comfortable calling this a Eurasian Wigeon, but I struggle with this ID frequently myself. It certainly does stick out among those female American Wigeons, but keep in mind that female American Wigeons are quite variable, and that hybridization between these species is fairly common.

Summary: I don't think its Eurasian. Likely American Wigeon, possibly hybrid.

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21 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

Notice the contrast between the head/neck and breast, the gray rather than white inner secondary (visible below those 3 black tertials)... I would not be comfortable calling this a Eurasian Wigeon, but I struggle with this ID frequently myself. It certainly does stick out among those female American Wigeons, but keep in mind that female American Wigeons are quite variable, and that hybridization between these species is fairly common.

Summary: I don't think its Eurasian. Likely American Wigeon, possibly hybrid.

Thank you

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On 1/18/2020 at 10:12 PM, AlexHenry said:

Notice the contrast between the head/neck and breast, the gray rather than white inner secondary (visible below those 3 black tertials)... I would not be comfortable calling this a Eurasian Wigeon, but I struggle with this ID frequently myself. It certainly does stick out among those female American Wigeons, but keep in mind that female American Wigeons are quite variable, and that hybridization between these species is fairly common.

Summary: I don't think its Eurasian. Likely American Wigeon, possibly hybrid.

What AlexHenry said... er... wrote

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