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.