08 Jan '12, 2am

Rare duck normally only seen in Asia draws bird watchers to California

Rare duck normally only seen in Asia draws bird watchers to California

A rare duck normally only seen in Asia has somehow turned up in California, drawing excited bird watchers from all over the US and Canada to a wildlife refuge in the state's Central Valley. -- PHOTO: AP FRESNO, California (AP) - A rare duck normally only seen in Asia has somehow turned up in California, drawing excited bird watchers from all over the US and Canada to a wildlife refuge in the state's Central Valley. Wildlife officials say a male falcated duck, a bird common in China, was first spotted at the refuge on Dec 8. Since then, thousands of birders have observed it paddling among mallards, pintails and geese, said Ms Lora Haller, who works at the Colusa Wildlife Refuge's visitor centre. More than 2,000 cars packed with visitors have streamed into the refuge over the last month - double the usual visitor numbers. 'It's very exciting,' she said. 'It's extremely rare ...

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