Meet the Wigeons

Friday, April 20, 2018,

These are Mr. and Mrs. Wigeon out for a tour of the pond. I was lucky enough to catch them on a fairly windless day so I was able to get some decent reflections. I took these pics at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. As I have no doubt said in other posts, this is a terrific place to view wildlife.

I had been under the impression that these guys would be leaving soon for more northerly climes. When I mentioned this during a recent walk with the Four Harbors Audubon Society, my friend Luci told me that more and more of our ‘winter ducks’, including Gadwalls and Wigeons, have been staying and nesting right here on Long Island.The term ‘winter ducks’ refers to the several species of ducks that fly south to our shores for our comparatively milder winters. I like the idea of having a greater variety of ducks here year round. Maybe I’ll have more opportunities to get shots like these. JK

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Male Wigeon

Sunday, April 15, 2018,

Here’s a pair of shots of a male Wigeon. He was cruising the pond that is just south of Setauket Mill Pond. Maybe he was admiring his reflection before coming near the shore for some salad. I also managed to get a few more shots of a mated pair of Wigeons on this same pond. Hopefully, I will get around to posting those shots later this week. JK

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Gadwall At Frank Melville Park

Sunday, November 26, 2017,

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These are a pair of shots of a male Gadwall at Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket. Gadwall are one species of many ‘winter ducks’ that come to Long Island to enjoy our balmy weather. While we might think our winters are cold, these birds find the conditions here less harsh than the northern climes where they generally spend the rest of the year. Gadwalls may not be as fancily colored as other ducks but they do have a certain understated beauty about them. Click on the pics for a larger view. They’re really kind of cool looking. JK

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