LANDGUARD ESCAPED BIRD LIST
The following is an attempt to list 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
2012 26th June
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
13th, 15th & 29th September
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
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
SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO Cacatua galerita
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
1990 7th October
1991 3rd May
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
Many others prior to the formation of the bird observatory undoubtedly occurred.
1981 5th September
1984 21st to 23rd June
1986 16th to 20th May
1989 31st October
1990 4th August
1991 2nd July
1992 25th & 27th August
1993 5th September
1994 one dead riverbank 27th June
1995 30th May
1997 25th May
2003 23rd January
2004 26th April
14th to 15th June
2006 19th July
8th, 12th, 15th & 18th August
2011 18th September
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
SCARLET MACAW Ara macao
A stunning sight flying high south one morning.
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 thalassina
This bird had a worn tail that appeared diamond-shaped in the field.
1994 12th May
RED-BILLED LEIOTHRIX Leiothrix lutea
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/osa
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
SUDAN GOLDEN SPARROW Passer luteus
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
VITELLINE MASKED WEAVER Ploceus vittelinus
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 helgoland.
2002 8th June
RED-BILLED QUELEA Quelea quelea
1980 28th September
1983 12th August
NORTHERN RED BISHOP Euplectes franciscanus
2010 3rd September
YELLOW-CROWNED BISHOP Euplectes afer
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
GREY-HEADED BULLFINCH Pyrrhula erythaca
2000 male 15th to 16th May
DESERT FINCH Rhodospiza obsoleta
This bird turned up on the same day as a Blyth’s Pipit.
1994 female/immature 4th November
YELLOW-BILLED GROSBEAK Eophona migratoria
1998 18th June
Compiled by Nigel Odin, Landguard Bird Observatory, View Point Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW