First euro wigeon

Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by Curt Gibson, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. wingmatt

    wingmatt Elite Refuge Member

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    Why wasn't it back in Asia, was it dis-Oriented?
     
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  2. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    Eurasians are listed in field guides as being smaller, and that has been my experience with the birds I have seen harvested as well....



    American Wigeon:
    MEASUREMENTS

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 16.5-23.2 in (42-59 cm)
      • Weight: 19.1-46.9 oz (540-1330 g)

    Eurasian Wigeon:
    MEASUREMENTS

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 16.5-20.5 in (42-52 cm)
      • Weight: 17.6-33.5 oz (500-950 g)
     
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  3. mo. black brant

    mo. black brant New Member

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    I have seen a handful in Alaska and between those and the reference pictures I have looked at I think it may be a cross between a Eurasian and American Baldpate. The green cheek patch and the grey stippling under the throat area don't look like a Eurasian. If it is a hybrid it would make it even more rare than a full Eurasian. The info I have indicates there is not a breeding population in North America. At any rate it is a unique bird and looks like you had a great day.
     
  4. Curt Gibson

    Curt Gibson Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks it was !! it's to bad that I shot his head up pretty bad not sure if it will make it on the wall :(
     
  5. Curt Gibson

    Curt Gibson Senior Refuge Member

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    They all have heads ?
     
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  6. blacktail

    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    I’m thinking this is what cross Euro/American looks like. Shot this one last season. The second pic is probably what a juvenile 1st year bird looks like. I shot this guy in early Nov.
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  7. mo. black brant

    mo. black brant New Member

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    Blacktail, I have not seen enough to compare first year birds to older models. I didn't realize the lack of definition on the heads. In regards to your older hybrid I can see that but the green cheek on Curt"s bird has me wondering. I wouldn't think hybrids are as symmetrical as their parents. If that makes sense, don't think two would necessarily look the same.
     
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  8. blacktail

    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    I’ve killed quite a few but never paid attention to a “little green”. Great point
    None of these have that.
    The one thing is all Silver back.
    Fun stuff. The only thing I know for sure is that they aren’t old hen mallards.
     
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  9. Juan De

    Juan De Senior Refuge Member

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  10. mo. black brant

    mo. black brant New Member

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    Blacktail, those are great pictures, never compared the silver backs, but the lack of vermiculation on the throat seems consistent.
     

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