A pair of Mandarin Ducks, hanging out in a small
creek behind a gas station at 3300 South and 700 East
in Salt Lake City., was photographed by Eric Dawes. These
amazing-looking ducks are found in Japan year-round,
in eastern China in the winter and in a small area in southeastern
Russian in the summer. This pair must either be
very dis"oriented" or they are escapees (chances are, they're the
A male Mandarin Duck was also seen and photographed by Ted Steinke
at Layton City Pond.
And David Wheeler found one
along the Jordan River.
The Mandarin Ducks are closely related to the
Wood Ducks (same
genus -- Aix) which can be fairly easily found
in Utah if you know where to look. (Regularly at
near Odgen and in West Provo).