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White-headed Duck at Salthome pools.

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Old Sunday 1st August 2004, 00:30   #26
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Good summary's by Jason/Tim/Ian

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Just for my own piece of mind.
You believe this bird to be a gen.vagrant which arrived in Southern England, visited a few sites before its Broadwater stay, then moving to Tees-side ?

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Ive a drake Cinnamon Teal from Durham City '97, not too far from the collection at Washington wildfowl & wetlands centre.

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Ive also got a Bar Headed Goose too!
Seal Sands mid-late '80's bitterly cold March day, it arrived with 2 Avocets.
I can remember being excited about it as i'd heard of a feral population in Sweden.

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Old Sunday 1st August 2004, 00:39   #27
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Ive also got a Bar Headed Goose too!
Seal Sands mid-late '80's bitterly cold March day, it arrived with 2 Avocets.
I can remember being excited about it as i'd heard of a feral population in Sweden
Hi Stevie,

I got a bit excited about one that turned up at East Chevington on spring passage 3 or 4 years ago, as I'd read that too - but I made the mistake of posting a request for info on surfbirdnews, and it turned out that there isn't any feral population in Sweden, or anywhere else. That seems to be a myth, or else any they did have, died out long ago

The claim about the Swedish feral population is in the old edition of Heinzel, Fitter & Parslow; just checked, they've dropped the claim from the new edition

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What have I started here?.

Many thanks to all who gave me help, and a big thanks to the birder present (didn't get his name!) who showed me how to access the other pools in the area, as the bird was on one of these, hiding for about an hour.

I know it's a personal thing but I've ticked it!.

Once again "Many thanks".
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Old Tuesday 10th August 2004, 16:33   #29
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Well done Dougie,
Glad you saw it!
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Old Tuesday 10th August 2004, 21:11   #30
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Think the problem with WH ducks is the same as it was with Ruddies i.e. that they typically breed in captivity in densely vegetated ponds from where it's very difficult to pinion the kiddies before they fly, leading to apparent small influxes. There's certainly an upturn in records of apparently 'wild' birds, but these could either, I guess, be from the increasing Spanish population or from the increasing captive population. Now ruddies are require so much more paperwork, collections are increasingly using WH ducks, so a greater source of captive birds to escape. A bird with a Spanish ring would be nice, but there are no ringing recoveries at all for this species, from anywhere!
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Martin, that's most illuminating. Thanks.
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What about the increasing Eastern WHD population?
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I thought the eastern populations were in decline?
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is Eastern WHD Population + / - ?
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