Bird Atlas - escapes and exotics

When doing Atlas fieldwork, have you seen any escapes or exotic species?

These should be recorded as they may contribute to a picture showing the first signs of their establishing themselves in the wild. Think of the establishment of Rose-ringed Parakeet since the first atlas at the end of the 60s.

As a guide, count any birds apparently in the wild. I would exclude pinioned birds and those obviously part of collections or in captivity. For example, Dawn Balmer, the National Organiser, has noted that she has recorded Helmeted Guineafowl that were not in a cage.

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