Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
This species occurs naturally in western North America but has not been officially accepted as having occurred naturally in the UK. Although it is certainly a potential vagrant, the species is common in captivity and the majority of records are presumed to relate to escaped individuals. This drake appeared at one of the most north-westerly points of the British Isles at a time when several North American wildfowl were present in the country. As such it probably has the best credentials for being a wild bird that any unringed bird will ever have. However it is still viewed with scepticism by many and I imagine it is unlikely to gain acceptance as a genuinely wild bird. By chance I happened to be holidaying in Scotland at the time but was only able to take the following appalling photos from a great distance and in adverse weather conditions.
male Cinnamon Teal, Loch Tuamister (Lewis, Outer Hebrides, UK), 16th May 2004
The next few photographs were taken within the species' normal range in North America, and below them a pair of captive birds.