the first baby mandarin duck of the year in the west lake was born on may 4th, the day before “the beginning of summer" (立夏) and the 7th solar term. the duck followed its mother to learn swimming in the westlake.
last year, the first baby mandarin duck was born on may 5th, and for 2016, it was may 16th.
the mandarin ducks used to fly from the north every autumn to spend the winter in hangzhou and fly back to the north in the spring to breed. with the improvement of the ecological environment of the west lake, some of the migratory birds started to settle down in hangzhou.