Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Online Journals and Other Resources - Number 8

Eurasian Wigeon Distribution in North America. The Eurasian Wigeon, as its name implies, is an Old World species that occurs rather rarely in North America, primarily as a winter resident. It also displays a distinctly coastal distribution, but occurs more frequently and in larger numbers on the Pacific Coast than on the Atlantic. Michael G. Shepard has compiled a series of maps that plot the monthly distribution of sightings from January through mid-May 2002, and these clearly show a northward movement of birds in the spring. Note, for example, the movement of birds from the mid-Atlantic Coast to the lower Great Lakes. Fascinating stuff!

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