A drake Eurasian Wigeon showed briefly at Troy Meadows this afternoon before flying off with a group of American Black Ducks towards the south. See the distant heavily cropped photo above.
This was thought to be a Troy Meadows first record, but wait…James L. Edwards of Montclair, NJ, reported one on April 30, 1932 in the October 1932 issue of The Auk (Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 460-461).
The subject of Mr. Edwards’s article was a European Teal that he had observed previously and was still being seen. The well-described Teal is what we now refer to as the Eurasian Green-winged Teal or Common Teal. The drake European Widgeon (the old name and spelling as stated in the article) was added as an additional species.
So make this the first Eurasian Wigeon known to be seen at Troy Meadows in the past 89 years.
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