Posts Tagged ‘Hybrid

20
May
17

Polecats

There’s an interesting write up in last years Bird and mammal report by Richard Moores. Polecats have only recently made it into Norfolk but sightings continue to be made apace. Two were recovered as road kills at the beginning of this month south of Roughton on the A140. Both found on separate days; the first a female, the second a male.

The problem of sorting Polecats from Ferret/Polecat hybrids continues. I inspected the male and found it to be pure Polecat; or at least as pure as an external examination can conclude. The paws were all dark, the dark face mark came down to the nose, no paleness on the breast, a contrasting face patch and although the pelage was quite pale (probably still in its winter coat) there were no pale guard hairs.

A shame both animals had to die but it does show the species has a foothold here.

05
Apr
16

Just like a Boomerang

Look who’s back! Seen last Thursday at Falcon Cottage. Actually he’s probably the son of Italian Sparrow? History tells us those grey pins in the crown will disappear as the breeding plumage becomes established and the gorget will develop chestnut sides. … no? … let’s wait and see. Well, we’ll only see if the little fella has the courtesy to hang around a while.

Punative Italian Sparrow Northrepps Norfolk_Z5A6568

12
Feb
16

Branta

Another Black Brant hybrid at Holkham the other day – flanks not white or extensive enough for me. Neck ring and mantle look good though.

Black Brant (hybrid) 1 Black Brant (hybrid)




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