Mandarin Duck- Male(Drake)

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This duck is usually a resident of Asia not the USA. This one is the only one if its kind on this pond. Most likely it was a pet that was released or flew the coup. It’s known as the most beautiful Duck in the world and I agree! My friend Dali and I went to photograph him when we got wind that he was in town. Prior to this sighting I’ve only seen this duck in captivity. It’s very exciting to see one in the wild!

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Tufted Duck

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My friend Phil sent the link to the article about this Tufted Duck that migrates to Oakland rather than where he’s supposed to go which is Asia. Phil and I both had Thurs. afternoon free so we met at Merritt Lake to find him. The folks in the resource center were really great, they gave Phil a direction to go look. Lake Merritt is pretty big!

We went too far or so we thought so we backtracked and there he was! He swam right to us. Probably expecting us to throw in some bread crumbs. It didn’t take him long to realize we weren’t going to feed him so he swam toward the other side of the lake. Phil and I went that way and caught up with him again. It’s so neat to see native birds, even more exciting to see a rare one! My bird book says,
Rare Eurasian vag. that shows up in coastal states; accidentally well inland; often with Scaup (especially with Greater Scaup).” Stokes Field Guide Birds of No America

He is hanging around with a flock of Scaup. He blends in really well. Thank you Phil for sharing the article and letting me go with you to find him!

“Tufted ducks usually live in Asia. But each year, one ditches his flock and heads for Oakland instead. The same duck, year after year. While millions of his brethren are wintering in Thailand, he is happily paddling along Lake Merritt.”~

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