Manchesters’ North American Wood Ducks


Photo: The famous drake North American Wood Duck at Fairfield in Manchester, photographed on Sunday 9th October 2016, presumably the same bird was seen along the canal just yards from the Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City Football Club (@MancunianBirder)

Manchester and New York have a big football club franchise in common and also have an ecological link, the North American Wood Duck

This very unique duck is being seen in some of the areas around Manchester that resemble the birds’ natural habitat in North America, such as the Mersey Valley and Ashton Canal

When you research the ecology of the species and you have the knowledge that many species of North American wildfowl occur in the UK as genuine vagrants, then it is perhaps not too fanciful to think that some of these birds might have flown across the pond and up the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal to reside in the Manchester area

Recent Manchester area records:

  • Pair, Fairfield on the Ashton Canal (September/October 2016)
  • Drake, Reddish Vale Local Nature Reserve (11th October 2016)
  • Eclipse drake, Chorlton Water Park (July 2016)
  • Drake, Mersey Vale Nature Reserve (October 2015-February 2016)

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