Why a Sil­ver Teal in York­shire?

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QWe re­cently went bird­watch­ing to our favourite RSPB re­serve, Old Moor in South York­shire. It was a windy day at the end of Au­gust. From one of the hides, among the Coots and Mal­lards was a colour­ful bird we strug­gled to recog­nise. Then to the res­cue came more knowl­edge­able folks. They said it was a Sil­ver Teal. When we read up about it at home, we were sur­prised to see it was found mainly in Brazil, Ar­gentina and other parts of South Amer­ica. How did it come to be here? San­dra and Tom Pea­cock

A The bird in ques­tion is an es­capee from a pri­vate col­lec­tion. While gen­uinely wild wild­fowl can stray thou­sands of miles out­side their usual range (given that they can, un­like passer­ines for ex­am­ple, put down on the sea for a time to rest), many sight­ings of such out-of-place species are like this one. This hand­some duck (also known as the Ver­si­colour Teal) is, as you say, more of­ten found in South Amer­ica.

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