Sunday, 31 July 2016

Purple Swamphen?

1998 CUMBRIA Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve, first-winter of indeterminate race, 23-27 October (Rare Birds 4: 41-44; Birding World 10: 463-466; British Birds 93: 442-445)
I saw this bird.
Another has turned up at Minsmere, Suffolk. At the moment it stands as a bird of the nominate western race Porphyrio. If it more ways than one, I'll have a ride down tomorrow for an "insurance tick". Have to say though it doesn't get the blood a few others this year, unfortunately.
At least we had the bone fide BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.

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