BY PAUL KRUPIN SPECIAL TO THE HERALD
JANUARY 13, 2019 02:30 PM,
UPDATED JANUARY 14, 2019 09:04 AM
Elke Davis may be relatively new to bird watching, but she earned another set of wings this month.
She went bird watching at Hood Park on Jan. 4 and made quite the find for a birder.
She saw a Eurasian wigeon — a red-headed duck that breeds in the northernmost parts of Europe and Asia. It migrates to southern Asia and Africa and is a rare winter visitor to the United States on the mid-Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
“It was about noon on a gray cloudy day,” she said. “I scanned the water with my binoculars and there he was.”
Imagine that. A red-headed duck from Russia surrounded by a bunch of American wigeons in Kennewick.
It was not Davis’ first time spotting an unusual bird.