I went to Carr Park in Huntington Beach with the goal of seeing if American Wigeons had returned. They disappear sometime in Spring to go to their nesting grounds. Neighborhood ponds had become very boring without the wintering waterfowl. Just Mallards and American Coots.
I looked carefully and saw no American Wigeons.
Strange-looking Mallard-Muscovy hybrid?
I saw some strange ducks, but no American Wigeons.
And lots of Mallards.
Then I heard it. I thought. Was that a American Wigeons whistle?
Male and Female Mallard.
I carefully scanned the lake and the edge of the lake. Nothing.
One lone American Wigeons.
I saw one at the far side of the lake. But then I heard more and more whistling. I kept walking around the lake. Then as I rounded the corner, there they were.
American Wigeons at last.
At last. American Wigeons have returned.
Now it really feels like fall. I have missed these whistling Wigeons. The few months without them made the lakes feel really tame. Next on the list of fall and winter migrants: Northern Shovelers and Red-breasted Merganser. The stray Eurasian Wigeon . Who says we don't have seasons in Southern California?
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