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Old 13-01-14, 08:09 PM
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Well I saw these today, (Australian natives I think ) as there are no birds in collections here on the Island I would guess that they have come from further afield, they have been here for some time now and nobody seems to glance twice at them.
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Old 13-01-14, 09:23 PM
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Black Swan mostly likely from some collection, are native to Australia
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Old 13-01-14, 10:56 PM
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There is a feral population apparently. Some breed in Cheshire, or so I was told when one flew in to join a herd of Whooper Swans that were grazing a field near Burton Mere RSPB.

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Old 14-01-14, 02:09 PM
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They or their ancestors are almost certainly "wire hoppers" i.e. escapees from a collection.We have a small feral population in our area,nice bird to see.
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Old 14-01-14, 06:22 PM
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This is where I have a problem with listing "rules" and this is why I have my own rules.

Anyway, they are lovely birds and all the ones I've met have been much better tempered than the local lot!
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Old 14-01-14, 09:42 PM
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This is where I have a problem with listing "rules" and this is why I have my own rules.

Anyway, they are lovely birds and all the ones I've met have been much better tempered than the local lot!

I have no problem Peter. If I see a bird in the wild, it goes on my list. AND, it doesn't matter what country I'm in either.

Obviously Black Swan (and Ross's Goose for that matter) aren't on the British List, but I know that, and I'm the only one who reads my list, so ....

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Old 14-01-14, 10:28 PM
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Completely with you.

My rule is if it's a bird and it's in the wild..........simples....
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Those are the sort of rules that I like.
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Old 22-01-14, 06:48 AM
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I stick to BOU rules personally so black swans aren't on my UK list although I've seen several.

They're on my foreign list though because I saw lots in Australia recently.

Didn't see any cockatiels in Oz (disappointingly) but did once see one on my way to work in Bristol - it's not on either list
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