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Rare Mandarin Duck Spotted In Estes Park

By: Dick Coe
On Friday, April 3rd, this Mandarin Duck was seen at Lake Estes and subsequently on the Fall River on Saturday, at least a mile west of Lake Estes. The Mandarin Duck is native to Asia and is seen in our zoos, private collections and can be table fare at Chinese restaurants but it is very rare to see anywhere else especially here in Estes Park. One was reportedly seen this winter at City Park in Denver. Could it be he heard about Estes Park and paradise? Or, maybe the winds of the Orient Express are a bit stronger this year. One thing is for sure, the Mandarin Duck is a beautiful bird.
Photo by Mike Murphy

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