Red breast with red patch on cheek separated by white markings. Not a wild bird at Martin Mere.
No interactions present.
Iris next time you're at Martin Mere ask one of the wardens to point out some of the wild ones to you. They have about 4 or 5 of these that have come in wild this year.
Just go out there and do it!!!
Dear Peter, Thank you for your suggestion. Do they normally get wild Red Breasted Geese at Martin Mere?
According to the wardens there, it's not uncommon. Numbers are very low but they do seem to get a couple every year. Last time I was there a warden pointed out one of the wild ones to me. It was on the same pond as their captive birds, just outside of the reception area. It's always worth visiting the Infocus hide when you're there as well. The lads that work there are fabulous at telling you what's around. I've learnt quite a bit from them over the years.
There has been a single Red-breasted Goose regularly visiting Martin Mere since 2003 but this is generally considered to be an escaped bird (there have been none at Martin Mere accepted as wild by the BBRC - the commitee that considers all reports of rare birds before they are accepted as valid).
Wild Red-breasted Geese are rare in Britain with an average of 1-3 annually - typically with flocks of wild geese (often Brents) in south-east England.
When birds are commonly kept in captivity it is often very difficult to assess whether wild birds or escaped ones are involved - especially as escaped ones can sometimes join up with wild flocks!
After your comment Roy, I wonder whether they're escaped ones then. They're not ringed so don't belong to Martin Mere. Certainly the warden I was talking to seemed to think they were wild, and definitely regular visitors.
Lat/Lng: 53.6, -2.9
OS grid ref: SD4214