It's the day before tomorrow's annual New York City Marathon and in all my years of living in NYC, I try to avoid Central Park at this time of year (except I usually attend the Marathon's fireworks annual display which always takes place on the Friday night before the race as I mentioned in yesterday's entry here on Blogger).
I enjoy being in this park at all times of year and in all types of weather, but the massive crowds who congregate there are hard to navigate. In spite of my aversion to this situation, I went to Central Park late this afternoon in hopes of encountering a Mandarin duck who has been making headlines ever since arriving in NYC a week or so ago.
And it seems there were more than a few people who showed up with the same intent — to keep their eye on this birdie, as evidenced in the image atop this entry, which shows only a mere fraction of people who were gathered near a pond to catch a glimpse of this creature.
Much to my delight and to the delight of a number of people of all ages, genders and races, the headline making Mandarin duck was there, which for me, was my fifteenth new bird citing in this Year of the Bird! The next set of images feature this beautiful visitor.
It was so uplifting to see this duck and even more uplifting to see that this bird could bring such a diverse group of people together.
Even Cam, the female feisty cardinal who is the main storyteller in my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak was inspired to learn how much one bird can do for humanity.
Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529