Chiloe Wigeon (again)
- Last July Rick Shearer posted a note about a Chiloe Wigeon seen at Sea
and Sage Audubon. The bird is a native of the southern part of South
America...but does occur in private waterfowl collections. The bird,
in our area, is an obvious escapee.
On the coastal count today, Neal Anderson, Peyton Cook, and myself had
a (the same?) Chiloe Wigeon. It was seen from the paved path north of
the boardwalk on the northwestern side of Upper Newport Bay.
The bird has a white face, green head, buffy sides, and white showing
in the front part of the wing. It was seen in the company of American
Wigeons, Pintails, and Shovelers feeding within the marsh.
An interesting bird that gave us pause for about 20 minutes before
Peyton joined us, and remembered the July sighting.