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In the fall of 2018, a bird known as the “Hot Duck” took New York City by storm. Central Park had a rare visitor that thousands flocked to see: a migrating Mandarin Duck. The dazzling male duck—with a colorful, brilliantly patterned head, bright orange “sail fins,” and a pink bill—is a rare visitor to the United States (he likely escaped or was released from captivity), and he paddled around the park for weeks, gathering fans and headlines across the world.
Fun fact:The Mandarin Duck population is quite healthy in its native East Asia, and has established populations in Western Europe, so maybe take a trip to go see one rather than waiting for the next one to pop up in Manhattan.
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Three birding bits you should know about this week.
Unique and worthy products from the wide world of birding you might enjoy.
Saw-whet Owl corduroy hat from Bird Collective. You can also find hats depicting the Golden Eagle, Chickadee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and more. Bird Collective donates a portion of the profits of this collection to nonprofit HawkWatch International and other bird conservation groups. $35
An amazing bird photo taken by one of our community members. Submit yours to email@example.com to be considered for an upcoming edition!
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