Bird #197 — Eurasian Wigeon

anas (duck) penelope (a kind of duck)

Wednesday, April 8, 1981 — 9:30 am

Palos Hills, Illinois — John J. Duffy Preserve — 131st and Will-Cook Road

My twenty-third birthday. This Eurasian Wigeon was reported on the hotline.  I drove down to the south side of Chicago and found the bird without difficulty.  It was swimming and feeding in the midst of a large flock of American Wigeons in a slough filled with dead trees.  It seemed to swim lower in the water than the American Wigeons.  As I watched, three other birders showed up and flushed the flock.  The Wigeons flew over to the other side of the slough.

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