The questions that have to be asked are; has this bird just recently flown in from the Canadian Arctic or West Coast of the USA? – unlikely: are there two different birds, one 2013 and a new one now in 2014 in the same location(s)? – highly unlikely: is this the same bird seen at Marshside and Martin Mere in 2013/14? – probably. Is this bird assimilated with mallards? apparently. Is it a wild bird or an escapee? – probably an escapee. Is the 2013 bird an escapee? Comments welcome if BirdGuides post/approve this. Vote now!