While I’m looking at overwintering ducks that you might see on any stretch of water, wet grassland, reservoir, estuary etc, here’s the middling-sized and attractive Wigeon which arrive in their thousands from Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia from October. A few pairs stay to breed in Scotland and Northern England but winter is your best chance
to see them. The males have a big white patch on their wings and both male and female have the lovely ‘punk’ patch of cream down their crowns, the shape of a mohican haircut. Their Latin me is Anas Penelope but I don’t know how that originated! They eat aquatic plants, grasses and roots and are worth looking out for. Conditions: Very heavy rainfall in the morning succeeded by drier, brighter skies. Temperature: Max 11- Min 8C.