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First garganey sighting in Wisconsin

GRANTSBURG, WI (WTAQ) - Bird lovers have been flocking to northwest Wisconsin to see a rare species of duck.  

The garganey, which is from Eurasia, was first spotted at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg on April 25th.  

Resource educator Kim Wheeler said it was still there Monday. Wheeler tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that bird enthusiasts from all over the Midwest have come to see the garganey because they may never have a chance to see it again.  

Ryan Brady of the state DNR said Eurasian birds rarely find their way to an inland state like Wisconsin -- or any of the 48 mainland states, for that matter. Brady said no one's sure how the duck made it to Grantsburg. He said it might have crossed through the Arctic region and traveled south into North America, spending the winter at an unknown spot before swooping into Wisconsin this spring.  

Brady said he expects the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology to declare this as the state's first official garganey society.

The St. Paul paper said it's been spotted twice in neighboring Minnesota -- that being in 1987 and '93.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)