Birds in the Wild

GuyK

Junior Member
American Widgeon. Gadwall has no white, and is overall a pretty bland grey-brown bird.
After your post I had to look them both up... I think your iden is correct. I do see patches of white in folded wings of both drakes and hens in some pics of Gadwalls, and the hens have a faint two-toned head, but from pics I've looked at the big giveaway is the bill. Gadwalls have a darker bill and Widgeons have a lighter bill with a dark tip in all pics I looked at.
 

JoeThePop

Known member
After your post I had to look them both up... I think your iden is correct. I do see patches of white in folded wings of both drakes and hens in some pics of Gadwalls, and the hens have a faint two-toned head, but from pics I've looked at the big giveaway is the bill. Gadwalls have a darker bill and Widgeons have a lighter bill with a dark tip in all pics I looked at.

Yeah it does look most likely to be a American Wigeon drake. Question remains why he was hanging around a female Mallard and chasing the male away? Odd behaviour.
 
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