American Wigeon

All photos taken at Marymoor Park.  Uncredited photos by Michael Hobbs.  All rights reserved.

American Wigeon are uncommon visitors in the winter; we've averaged 10 sightings a year, with the peak occurrence October-February.

We've had many flyover sightings, and sometimes wigeon will be seen in the slough, at the lake, or at the ponds at Marymoor West (a.k.a. the Rowing Club).  However, when water levels are very high and there is flooding in the Dog Meadow and/or the grass & gravel parking lot north of the grass soccer fields, we almost always see wigeon in those temporary puddle-ponds.

Male, 2006-02-15

Female, with male Wood Ducks, 2008-11-24

Photo by Ollie Oliver, 2009-01-29

Photo by Ollie Oliver, 2009-12-10


Pair (female in front), 2011-02-16.  Photo by Ollie Oliver



Male American Wigeon with Pied-billed Grebe.  Photo by Ollie Oliver, 2012-02-02

Photo by Ollie Oliver, 2018-10-12