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Rare, Arctic Bird Treated at Wildlife Center of VA

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WAYNESBORO, Va (WVIR) -
A rare, arctic bird had an accidental landing in Augusta County, but a kind stranger brought it in to the Wildlife Center of Virginia to restore its health. After some tender loving care, the bird is back in the wild. 

The white-winged Scoter came to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for treatment after it was found stranded in a parking lot. The bird does not belong in the mountains of Virginia - but the extreme cold confused its migration pattern on the way to the open ocean.

The Scoter, which is native to northern Canada, normally makes its way down to inlets and bays on the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas but somehow lost its way with the unusual weather patterns.

"Once they're down, they usually can't get back up again without a long run-off on the water, so people find them in the parking lot, they see the bird stranded, they bring them in to us,” said Dr. David McRuer, veterinary services director.

A volunteer transporter came in from Norfolk once the bird had recovered, and then drove back out to help it return to its natural habitat. It was released Thursday in the Chesapeake Bay.

As this is a very late migrating duck, it will not make its trip back to Canada until May or late June.

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