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Old Friday 8th April 2016, 17:08   #1
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Cardinal in Essex

Not my picture but taken from a Facebook page - a Cardinal photographed in Stanford-le-Hope Essex. An aviary escapee?
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Old Friday 8th April 2016, 17:18   #2
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I'd say a definite escapee.

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Old Friday 8th April 2016, 18:14   #3
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How beautiful.
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Old Saturday 9th April 2016, 10:02   #4
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There are docks near to Stanford-le-Hope, could it have arrived on a ship ?
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Old Saturday 9th April 2016, 20:51   #5
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Apparently this species non-migratory in the USA, but could reach UK via ship
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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 00:12   #6
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Bit pink isn't it...
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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 00:50   #7
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Given how common it is in the states I see no reason this couldn't be a boat-hopper. HBW say the following of four ringing recoveries involving over 1000km dispersal events:
"The most distant recoveries involved movements from Illinois SE to North Carolina, New Jersey E to Kansas, Arkansas N to Ontario and South Carolina N to Quebec. As revealed by one study covering ringing data up to 1962, those recovered at significant distances from ringing site were largely first-years; no difference in mobility between sexes. Directions of dispersal relatively random, with no predominant heading. Occurrences of individuals at locations well removed from recorded breeding range also indicate mobility; for example, one on shores of James Bay (Ontario) was 750 km N of current breeding range, while one in NE Newfoundland was more than 1200 km outside range, including not fewer than 110 km of open ocean. In Hawaiian group, race canicaudus, introduced on Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii, has subsequently colonized many other islands, apparently without further human intervention; three records on Nihoa, which would involve over-water movement of 275 km from nearest population."

In my book it's no worse a candidate for vagrancy than Lark Sparrow!
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Usually sedentary but they sometimes turn up in new grounds. Though, most new populations are from introduced birds.
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Got to be an escape!
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Interesting, pretty much what I was getting at about the colour, captive birds often abnormal.
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