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NORWICH AREA: Ringland Ruddy Shelduck hybrid
18th February 2017
During the week I had heard that several Tundra Bean Geese had been seen
at Ringland with a flock of Greylag Geese, so having been given directions to
the area they had frequented I headed off for a look. I spent a pleasant
morning walking footpaths in the area, but didn’t come across the Bean Geese or
the large Greylag flock, so it appears that they have moved on. Whilst looking
over the floodplain the most interesting bird superficially resembled a Ruddy
Shelduck, but on closer inspection appears to be a Ruddy Shelduck x Egyptian Goose hybrid, a conclusion that others
online had also reached having seen it earlier in the week. It was calling and
displaying to an Egyptian Goose.
Also in the area were at least three Bullfinches, a Little Egret and a Red Kite.