2 duck species make rare Florida appearance

Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 7:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 7:49 a.m.

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Birders are flocking to a central Florida county where two duck species have made rare appearances.

A Harelquin duck was spotted in Sebastian Inlet in Brevard County. Meanwhile, a masked duck has been seen in the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera.

Experts say Harlequin ducks usually don't migrate much farther south than New England. The birds are usually found in Iceland, Greenland, western Russia and Canada.

Masked ducks are more commonly found in Mexico and typically don't migrate this far away from South America and the Caribbean.

The two ducks flew in just in time for this week's Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.

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