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 Eurasian Wigeon

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Eurasian Wigeon.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
View Eurasian Wigeon sightings.
Eurasian Wigeon Archives Reports
Fall 2003 0
Spring 2003 1
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 0
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 0
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 5
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 2
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 0
Spring/Summer 1999 1

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Eurasian Wigeon

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Eurasian Wigeon
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Eurasian Wigeon
Note: Some species will not be present in the WPBO archives and will return no records.

Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text

Mareca penelope (Linnaeus)
European Widgeon (A.O.U. 1998: Eurasian Wigeon)


First recorded for Michigan by Herrick (1902: 284).

Although it is possible that some of the European Widgeon seen in Michigan are escaped captives, the regularity with which small numbers have been reported recently along the Atlantic coast indicates a regular migration of wild stock.

This widgeon has been reported in spring from Monroe County: 3 March and April specimens (Herrick, 1902: 284); single individuals noted on April 1,1934, and on April 23, 2023 (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 42); and from Jackson County: single individuals noted on April 4, 2023 (Leonard Wing and others, 1927: 39), and on April 14, 2023 (A. D. Tinker, R. E. Olsen, and T. D. Hinshaw), at Portage Lake. According to W. E. Clyde Todd, a male was taken at Erie, Monroe County, on October 25, 1936, and is now in the Carnegie Museum. All the above records refer to males; it is possible that females also occur in Michigan and are not noted because of their great similarity to the female of the Baldpate.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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