Rare duck seen for first time on mainland Alaska, ADF&G says
Birders are flocking to Potter Marsh in Anchorage to get a look at something that apparently has never been seen on mainland Alaska: a falcated duck. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the duck is from Asia and has never been spotted in this area before.
"Over the decades a few sightings have been reported far to the west on Shemya, Saint Paul, and Attu islands where Asian migrants are sometimes blown off course by fickle spring or autumn winds. But this is a first," reads a post on the ADF&G Facebook page. The department says the duck was first seen on Saturday, May 4.
“This is the first confirmed sighting of a falcated duck on mainland Alaska,” said Tasha Dimarzio, a wildlife technician with the ADF&G of Fish and Game's waterfowl program.
A woman who posted on the Facebook page said she drove down from Fairbanks and back just to see the bird.
Many birdwatchers and photographers have been lined up at Potter Marsh to get a look.
On Wednesday, bird watchers and photographers continued searching Potter Marsh to get a glimpse of the now-famous duck.
Lyn and Ted Baxter keep showing up.
"We just come and wander around. What we see we just love," said Ted.
Bob Pintner spent his lunch hour Wednesday looking for the bird, but with no luck.
"It's the first mainland record for Alaska. And they've been seen out in the Aleutians and stuff and occasionally on the West Coast and Lower 48. It's a pretty bird. It's an attractive bird; so it's fun to see," Pintner said.
The duck has been seen on the south end of Potter Marsh near Potter Valley Road.
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