Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mandarin Duck!

By now everyone has probably heard that Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was visiting today in California.  But he wasn't our only visitor from China!  This unusual bird showed up at West Davis Pond and caused quite a stir.  He was hanging out with the Wood Ducks (the North American species he most closely resembles), but he is a Mandarin Duck.  I did a search on the internet for "Wood Duck with Orange Fin" and when the term Manderin Duck came up, I thought it was a dish at a Chinese Restaurant!  Further research shows that there are some "feral" populations in the US, including in Sonoma County which isn't far from here.  I wish I had a better photo to show, but he was way on the other side of the pond with the sun right behind him.

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