As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Rare duck drawing birders to to Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 2:11pm

GRANTSBURG, WI - A rare duck has birders in the Midwest flocking to Grantsburg in northwest Wisconsin.

The garganey, a Eurasian species rarely found in North America, was first spotted at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area on April 25, and still could still be seen there Monday, said Kim Wheeler, a natural resource educator for the wildlife area.

“This bird has never been seen in Wisconsin before, and it’s not very often (seen) in the Midwest,” Wheeler said. “Birders from all over the Midwest are coming to see it because they may not ever see it again in their entire life.”

Birds from Eurasia seldom find their way to a far-inland state like Wisconsin, said Ryan Brady with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, adding that even for the lower 48 states as a whole, a garganey sighting is a rarity.

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