The Hooded Merganser is still around the RSPB Saltholme area. We'll soon find out whether its going to leave with the other wintering wildfowl, or do as the Radipole bird and become a 'semi-resident'.
The bird has been watched closely over the last couple of months and it is now clear that it is a 1w male (numerous photos on Birdforum & TBC website). Therefore when it appeared here in early September, it was a juvenile. Does anyone know any instances of escaped Hooded Mergs pairing up and successfully breeding in the UK previously? Do they breed easily/commonly in captivity and therefore have an opportunity for the young to fly off if not quickly caught/ringed/pinioned? There was talk of a pair in Holland successfully raising young 'in the wild' a couple of years ago, but I don't know what the current situation is there. Anyone know?
I'm not on either side of the fence when it comes to acceptance/rejection of the bird, just interested in where an unringed juvenile would actually come from.