3 male Mandarin ducks were observed amongst the Wood Ducks on the Miaimi River near the Hot Springs Road on Saturday, April 19 about 6:30 PM. I believe I saw these three birds whiz down the Miaimi behind my home about 10 AM the same morning. They passed so quickly I was unable to do a positive ID and, of course, was not expecting Mandarins. They can be viewed from the bridge on the Hot Springs Road beside the Old Settler Pub. Unfortunately I did not have my camera available this weekend for a photo.
You are quite correct that they are not native. Altho they may be runaways, all were capable of flight and did so. There were also no females that I could ID in the neighbourhood of the men. I think Janne mentioned they were observed the year before in the same area....?
Thanks for posting the photo Neepgrin. I have never seen Mandarins before here. Once I observed a live one in the waterfowl collection at Leeds Castle in the UK. I retrieved my cmaera today and am charging the camera battery as I type in hopes the 3 Mandarins are still hanging out on the Miami when the it' is ready.
Mandarin ducks (Aix galerielata), escaped from captivity, have shown indications of establishing a feral breeding population in coastal BC; successful breeding has not yet been demonstrated. (from the on line Canadian Encyclopedia) Here's a photo of them "bedding down" at 8 pm this evening. Janne Perrin HHS