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Given its native distribution the species is also a potential natural vagrant to Western Europe and there have been records in areas such as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which some observers consider may relate to wild birds; however, given the Wood Duck's popularity in captivity it would be extremely difficult to prove their provenance one way or another.
Originally posted by SpringHeeledJack
Now if the OP is so inclined to less likely explanations for their experience, may I present a scenario? I hinted at it earlier without outright saying it. Alien abduction.
No! I am not saying it was this. I simply find the story of everyone waking up so early, together, as having a similar feel to other stories purported to be that of an extraterrestrial encounter. So there, I said it.
Originally posted by LightAssassin
reply to post by SpringHeeledJack
As i've said, I completely respect your opinion.
Now, I'm not 'moving the goalposts' but as mentioned, what the animals picked up on, it may not have been something humans can see or hear or feel, generally. It may seem like a non-event but we don't understand what may have happened.
And no, I wont completely rule out the Boar scenario IF there wasn't the strange incident of the whole family waking up at 5AM.