Two feral birds (Black Swan and Canada Goose) and two feral mammals in a single morning


Two species of feral birds loomed massive on the mouth of the Doon on 8 September simply earlier than the announcement got here that the Queen had died. Each species are native to Commonwealth countires from reverse ends of the world. First, offshore was a big flock of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). They appear to be current in a lot higher numbers than, say, 10 years in the past. Second, feeding within the freshwater outflow have been two Black Swans (Cygnus atratus). Native to Australia they’re the results of escapes, just like the Canada Geese, from waterfowl collections. There are actually small – as but – breeding populations in UK.

Black Swans within the mouth of the Doon, Ayrshire
8 September 2022


A part of a flock of Canada Geese off the mouth of the Doon, Ayr
8 September 2022

Additional proof of introductions through the the anthropocene as I arrived again house: Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and a Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) within the backyard.

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