Love it- a Wild ‘Ridgway’s’ Canada Goose in Britain!
I love this stuff. Really! Matt Knott emailed a while back to say he found this bird on 27th September 2015 on his local patch on the Exe Estuary in Devon. I am just slow! The bird arrived with and was clearly part of the large flock of several hundred Dark-bellied Brent Geese. The Brent come from Central Siberia.
If you interested in seeing wild vagrant geese- you should go see this one!
So the big question. Is this a wild bird, from Alaska. To me this is ‘no-brainer’. The case for this being a wild bird is much easier for me to make, than it be an escaped captive reared bird.
I could wax lyrical. I would have drawn a map just like Matt’s. It’s a highly likely scenario.
I think at least 1-2 birds which appeared at Caerlaverock WWT in 2009, with Barnacle Geese also fit a wild Cackling Goose bill. So enjoy the pics and the map and believe in birds! 🙂
Check out Dave Boult’s lovely video of the bird. Click HERE
Huge thanks to Chris Townend for the beautiful photos below.
BELOW: Tristan Reid’s beautiful photo of one of the ‘wild’ Cackling Canada’s at Caerlaverock back in 2009.
Helpfully as ever Richard Klim highlighter the correct spelling of Ridgway. More HERE