Birds Out of Boundaries
Falcated Duck or Teal
A couple of years ago there was a Falcated Duck visiting the Colusa Wildlife Refuge in Northern California, way out of its normal range of Russia, China, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea. Of course this got birdwatchers all excited and some came to see the bird from as far away as Florida. Now it's certainly possible that this is a wild duck that somehow lost its way and ended up in northern California; almost every year across the U.S. there is an unusual sighting - Brown Shrike, Emperor Goose, Snowy Owl, Roseate Tern and as I write this the North American Rare Bird Alert website reports sightings of a Bar-tailed Godwit, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Little Egret, Red-billed Tropicbird, Black-faced Grassquit, Rose-throaated Becaard, and Tufted Flycatcher.
There are 10,000 or so bird species in the world, and they all have their home ranges. The Red-headed Woodpecker is restricted to the eastern United States and the Black-headed Grosbeak to the western U.S. down to Central America. Some, like the...
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