Re: Rose-coloured Starling

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Subject: Re: Rose-coloured Starling
From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 08:02:16 +1000
Just as an aside to the Rose-coloured Starling thread, one turned up in
England in August as well. A photo is at

With regard to birds being out of range, in 1998 I was sitting on the banks
of the Tweed watching a pair of Black Swans when a Cockatiel landed on
telephone wires nearby. Nothing unusual in that you might say, but this was
the River Tweed on the border between England and Scotland, so all three
birds were some 12000 miles out of range.

The Tweed is where some 500 plus Mute Swans from Southern Scotland/Northern
England turn up annually in June/July to moult, and presumably the Black
Swans were escapees from zoos or large private estates in the area which had
gone feral and joined up with the Mutes. The Cockatiel was of course an
escaped cage-bird. However the point of this is that any bird might be seen
virtually anywhere, and in many cases we will never know how it got there.

Regards, Mike Simpson, Penrith, NSW, Australia 

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