Although the concluding remarks of Vinicombe & Harrop's paper (Brit. Birds 92: 225255) were somewhat contradictory, it is now received wisdom that an influx of wild Ruddy Shelducks Tadorna ferruginea occurred in northern and southwestern Britain in 1994, part of a much larger invasion into Fennoscandia. I believe that no such conclusion can be drawn from the evidence presented. The total number

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