Systematic List of Escaped Bird Species

Systematic List of Escaped Bird Species
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The following is a list of all records of escaped species recorded at Landguard. Several other species could be included as “closed ringed” aviculturists birds have been trapped (mostly finches & buntings). Records of escapees prior to the formation of the bird observatory in 1983 are difficult to trace (particularly records of Budgerigar, Cockatiel & Canary) and, as such, other records may exist. Hybrid raptors are not included.

BLACK SWAN Cygnus atratus
The 1989 birds flew into Minsmere later the same day.
1989    two north 26th September
1992    1st August
1995    14th May
2007    three 13th April
    two 21st July
2008    two juveniles 5th April
2010    three north 8th August
    four 22nd September
2014    8th May
    11th May (presumed same as above)
BAR-HEADED GOOSE Anser indicus
2000    23rd March
SNOW GOOSE Anser caerulescens
The 2001 records are probably the same bird that was seen with a “hybrid goose”.
2001    18th & 26th May
2010    south then in 18th May
RED-BREASTED GOOSE Branta ruficollis
The 2016 records are probably the same bird seen with flocks of Barnacle Geese.
2012    26th June
2016    23rd February
    14th March
RUDDY SHELDUCK Tadorna ferruginea
The first bird may have been a genuine vagrant with the second an escape.
1990    south 23rd October
2002    male 1st April
AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK Tadorna tadornoides
2012    27th November
BAHAMA PINTAIL Anas bahamensis
One record of a bird found in a bramble bush following a gale.
1982    30th September
GREATER FLAMINGO Phoenicopterus ruseus
This bird was seen in the days prior to this date at Breydon Water & Minsmere.
1990    south 8th October
CHILEAN FLAMINGO Phoenicopterus chilensis
2010    north 16th June
FLAMINGO Sp. Phoenicopterus sp.
1989    south 15th July
JAPANESE QUAIL Coturnix japonica
This bird was trapped and its feet were in very poor condition suggesting it had not been well looked after.
1992    adult 25th August
SAKER Falco cherrug
2004    28th October
2007    10th September
AMERICAN KESTREL Falco sparverius
A juvenile that had escaped from Stonham Barns the previous week.
2010    3rd November
HARRIS'S HAWK Parabuteo unicinctus
Several records of presumably the same bird
2008    14th March
    25th April
    23rd August
    13th, 15th & 29th September
    13th October
2009    15th January
    13th, 24th & 25th September
LAUGHING DOVE Spilopelia senegalensis
2001    26th May
BARBARY DOVE Streptopelia risoria
One record of an “apricot morph” individual.
2004    13th October
DIAMOND DOVE Geopelia cuneata
1989    29th to 30th May
RING-NECKED PARAKEET Psittacula krameri
The following are assumed to be escapes and not part of the naturalised British population.
1987    2nd August
    20th November
1999    2nd & 4th September
2001     two south 13th August
LORD DERBY’S PARAKEET Psittacula derbiana
2006    male 14th December
PARAKEET Sp. Psittacula sp.
1985    9th & 11th September
1987    8th October
1988    18th June
1996    25th May
1993    22nd November
COCKATIEL Nymphicus hollandicus
At least 22 individuals with another caught in the cottage in the early 1980’s living to a ripe old age.
1986    13th August
1989    6th June
    2nd August
1990    7th October
1991    3rd May
    9th November
1992    27th to 28th June
    1st to 2nd October
1994    24th & 30th May
    21st to 22nd September
1995    17th to 18th July
1996    6th to 7th September
1998    27th May
1999    1st September
2005    18th July
2006    26th September
2008    17th June
2009    22nd May
2011    22nd August
2013    17th July
2015    23rd April
EASTERN ROSELLA Platycercus eximius
1992    26th June
BUDGERIGAR Melopsittacus undulatus
1981    5th September
1984     21st to 23rd June
    12th September
1986    16th to 20th May
    19th July
1989    31st October
1990    4th August
1991    2nd July
1992    25th & 27th August
    5th September
    4th October
1993    5th September
1994    one dead riverbank 27th June
    14th July
1995    30th May
    21st July
1997    25th May
2003    23rd January
2004    26th April
    14th to 15th June
    15th September
2006    19th July
    8th, 12th, 15th & 18th August
2011    18th September
    1st October
2016    15th to 19th June
SUPERB PARROT Polytelis swainsonii
1997    22nd March
PEACH-FACED LOVEBIRD Agapornis roseicollis
1998    22nd June
GREY PARROT Psittacus erithacus
2004    9th August
2014    7th August
2004    26th October
BLUE-CROWNED CONURE Aratinga acuticaudata
2007    13th June
SOOTY-HEADED BULBUL Pyconotus aurigaster
Trapped and found to be in very good condition.
1989    3rd to 4th September
VERDITER FLYCATCHER Eumyias thalassinus
This bird had a worn tail that appeared diamond-shaped in the field.
1994    12th May
Three of these four individuals were trapped and varied in condition from very good to one with worn feathers and damaged feet. 
1994    12th June
1998    6th to 16th June
2000    15th to 16th June
2001    18th May
HILL MYNA Gracula religiosa
2004    25th April
COMMON MYNA Acridotheres tristis
2014    16th May
PURPLE GLOSSY STARLING Lamprotornis purpureus
This bird was also seen in Coronation Drive, Felixstowe on intervening dates.
1990    12th & 19th August
PURPLE/PALESTINE SUNBIRD Cinnyris asiaticus/osea
1987    26th to 27th May
TACAZZE SUNBIRD Nectarinia tacazze
This bird was in immaculate condition when trapped on the last date.
2003    female 11th, 26th & 28th May
Several of those below have been trapped with the conditions varying from immaculate to worn. 
1992    male 5th May
1996    female 4th August, male 13th to 14th August
1998    males 11th to 14th June, 21st June & 11th August
2004    male 20th to 21st June
1992    14th October
VILLAGE WEAVER Ploceus cucullatus
The bird on 6th October 1990 was seen migrating south with other finches.
1983    male 17th to 18th November
1988    males 1st to 11th June & 17th July
1990    males 9th August & 6th October
1991    male 17th to 19th August, another male 19th August & male 29th August
1992    male 22nd August
1997    one 14th July
WEAVER Sp. Ploceus sp.
1985    12th October
RED-HEADED QUELEA Quelea erythrops
This bird was in immaculate condition when trapped in the heligoland.
2002    8th June
1980    28th September
1983    12th August
NORTHERN RED BISHOP Euplectes franciscanus
2010    3rd September
2008    27th September
BLACK-RUMPED WAXBILL Estrilda troglodytes
1988    two 17th September
COMMON WAXBILL Estrilda astrild
2000    27th August
WAXBILL Sp. Estrilda sp.
1989    25th September
PIN-TAILED WHYDAH Vidua macroura
1988    female or immature 7th to 9th July
RED-FRONTED SERIN Serinus pusillus
Singing briefly on site this bird may have been a wild bird as it occurred at the same time as a run of vagrants in the area.
1992    male 6th June
CANARY Serinus canaria
The 1998 birds plumage was identical to a wild bird with the others varying in their plumage tones.
1981    3rd May
1982    10th to 16th October
1983    11th May
1998    12th April
2001    7th October
2003    4th June
2006    27th May
2007    26th April
2009    25th November
2010    10th May
2012    14th June
YELLOW-FRONTED CANARY Serinus mozambicus
The pair in 1990 were seen nest building in the Holm Oaks in early September.
1990    male & female 4th August to at least 14th September
1997    9th September
2000    male 15th to 16th May
DESERT FINCH Rhodospiza obsoleta
1994    female/immature 4th November
1998    18th June

Compiled by Nigel Odin, Landguard Bird Observatory, View Point Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW 
January 2017

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