A falcated duck normally would head south along the Asian coast for the winter, said David Irons of Eugene, co-regional editor for North American Birds, a quarterly report published by the American Birding Association.
To see the falcated duck, Gainsborough Homes asks that those interested please call ahead to make arrangements.
RARE BIRD ALERT A male falcated duck visits Eugene Plumage: Gray with green head, bronze crown and long, sickle-shaped flight feathers overhanging tail Length: 19 to 21 inches; about same size as American wigeon or gadwall - Wikipedia
Houle's guide to North American birds includes the Falcated Duck because it is found in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.
Also getting good looks at the Falcated Duck early Saturday afternoon were Robb and his wife, Betty, plus Dan Heyerly, Paul Sherrell, Jim Carlson and Sylvia Maulding, among others.
Ironically, the big group of birds lifted off the surface of the pond just as Maulding was getting ready to photograph the Falcated Duck from the side of the road.
Contreras believes the Falcated Duck he saw "got itself in with some Eurasian wigeons in northeast Siberia and, instead of going south on the Japan side of the Pacific, it ended up coming down this side of the Pacific with the wigeons and ended up right here.
Indeed, other birders have been quick point out in OBOL postings that Falcated Ducks are offered for sale on the Internet by at least three aviaries.
Contreras, however, says the presence at Kirk Pond of eight to 10 Eurasian wigeons - whose natural range overlaps that of the wild Falcated Duck - lends credence to the stray, wild, migrant theory.