Finally! It took long enough but I have finally seen an Eurasian Wigeon in my home borough, at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond to be exact. It was nice to add bird number 284 to my Queens life list, though it seems kind of absurd that it has taken so long to see one of the most common of the uncommon ducks in Queens. This leaves Harlequin Duck and Greater White-fronted Goose as the two waterfowl most likely to be added to my Queens list next – a list that now includes thirty-seven ducks and geese, by the way.
What is really frustrating is at how slow a rate my Queens list is growing. Since 27 March I have only added five birds to my Queens list, less than a bird a month!
For those who are interested in lousy record shots may I present an horrific image of Anas penelope?
Here’s hoping the next five come faster than the last five!
I figure the shoddier the picture, the rarer the bird. Congrats!
Thanks, Seagullsteve! Now to find that harlequin…
It’s a manky mallard. I am an expert from Europe, so I KNOW!
[Okay, Mike, here are my bank details…]
A Eurasian Wigeon at Jamaica Bay is #163 on my life list. Logged it in 1971 at the age of 15, in my second year as a birdwatcher on my 5th (?) trip to J.Bay (grew up in Englewood NJ). J.Bay’s my all-time best ‘place’ – challenge anyone to name a better spot anywhere —
Bob F. CT USA