Wigeon (Mareca penelope)
Wigeon (Anas penelope). Male. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on January 17th 2019.
Male. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on January 17th 2019.
(1/800th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Wigeon (Anas penelope). Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on January 18th 2018.
Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on January 18th 2018.
(1/200th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 42 - 50cm; WS 71 - 85 cm

The Wigeon is a medium-sized duck with a round head and small bill. The head and neck of the male are chestnut, with a yellow forehead, pink breast and grey body. In flight birds show white bellies and males have large white wing patches.

In can be found in most parts of the British Isles in winter. Birds breed in north-western Scotland and northern England.

Its breeding habitats include boreal forst lakes and marshes, tundra pools and temperate shallow fresh waters.

It is gregarious except when nesting, and large flocks can ofen be found in winter when there is a large influx of birds from Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia. Up to half a million birds may spend the winter here.

With large numbers of wintering birds at a few UK sites it is an Amber List species.


23-Mar-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon
05-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon
23-Feb-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon
11-Feb-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Jan-2019 : Slimbridge, Glos (1000+)
08-Jan-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (300+)
03-Jan-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon

20-Dec-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
16-Dec-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
20-Oct-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (28)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (200+)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (500+)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (600+)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon

16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
02-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (300+)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (500+)
16-Feb-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (50+)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (200+)
26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (120+)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (250+)
25-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (500+)
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (16+)
04-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
30-Jan-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (100+)
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (10+)

20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (100+)
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (20+)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
25-Mar-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (300+)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (18)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2+)