Date: 2/13/18 11:04 am
From: <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] American Wigeons - courtship flights at Garretson Pond
Wigeons are seasonally monogamous and the female chooses her mate during January and February. I photographed what some call a courtship flight of the female swirling around the pond with three males in pursuit.


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If you go with this explanation, she may be testing their flying prowess. I speculate about other explanations in the photo's description. Can someone provide a definitive answer?


Irregardless, it's a great behavior to witness.


Garretson Pond, MLK Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland, CA


 
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