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A Redbreast off the usual track

Colleaguse from Lithuania have recorded a Red-breatsed Goose on 24th March. The bird  was found among 15-20 thousand White-fronted geese (in the flock there were also Barnacle and Bean Geese). The bird was spotted by Darius Norkūnas and Daiva Norkūnienė, and later photographed by Boris Belchev. The Red-breasted was keeping all the time with one individual of White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) and later flushed by White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)  both birds flew together.

The area is part of open floodplain habitat in the Rupkalviai Ornithological Reserve of the Nemunas River Delta - also a Ramsar Site.  There are regularly records of small numbers of Redbreasts from Central and Western Europe and last November we witnessed the impressive influx of 2000 strong Redbreasts in Hungary.

 

Redbreasted Goose in Nemunas Delta area