Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis

A rare vagrant in the UK and also a freqent escape. Presumed wild birds often arrive with Dark-bellied Brent Geese, although others have associated with Barnacle Geese or Pink-footed Geese (and some of the older records were among White-fronted Geese). Norfolk has its fair share of records and the following pair were accompanying Dark-bellied Brent Geese. They actually arrived on their own at Covenham Reservoir in Lincolnshire, which doesn't bode well for their origins, but this fact seems to have been quietly forgotten after they quickly joined up with the Brent Geese. They spent most of the winter in Lincolnshire but moved to Norfolk in March.

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adult Red-breasted Geese, Wells (Norfolk, UK), 14th March 2007

 

This presumed escaped individual was present among the feral Barnacle Goose flock in East Anglia for a few years:

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adult Red-breasted Goose (presumed escape, with feral Barnacle Geese), Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 20th September 2004

 

These ones haven't escaped yet - they are still in captivity:

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captive first-winter Red-breasted Goose, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 23rd December 2015

 

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captive adult Red-breasted Geese, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014

 

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captive adult Red-breasted Goose, Martin Mere (Lancashire, UK), 26th December 2014