2 comments on “Egyptian Goose at Meikle Loch – 2nd For Scotland And Regional First

  1. Congratulations on the Egyptian Goose. I knew that East Anglia was still the centre of the population, but I didn’t realise they were that rare in Scotland. I find it odd that location was given as a pro for the Shetland bird, as any Egyptian Goose from a self-sustaining population would presumably go through or along the coast of the whole country to get there! My local wild ones are pretty tame too. Still, who’d be on a records committee!

    Have a good Christmas.

  2. Hi James,

    Thank you. I know what you mean. It does seem odd that the isolated location of Shetland played a role in the acceptance of the record, given that a record of a flighty bird from Norfolk or european populations, lets say in Cumbria, would probably be automatically be considered an escape due to the location.

    Maybe that’s not the best example, but does display some lack of logic in acceptance of the species. Surely must be a reasonable number of birds from the Norfolk population that have turned up elsewhere on the mainland and been rejected on the grounds of the location not being particularly outstanding.That said I’m sure committees realise this to a certain extent; I believe the SBRC are urging birders to submit/re-submit records of Egyptian Geese in Scotland, having realised that the paucity of Scottish records makes the potential for previous birds being ‘wild’ potentially higher.

    Hope you had a good Christmas and have an enjoyable new year and fruitful birding 2013,

    Joseph

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