Local Rarity 30th December 2017

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Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
17 snow buntings still by the airport on Barra today plus an unseasonal pied wagtail in the car park there and a juv Iceland gull on the beach. A lone fieldfare was at Northbay.


OH Bird Recorder
Feb 5, 2017
A Coot was on the loch behind the Co-op at Daliburgh this afternoon.

A small number of birds were ringed today here at Askernish, including a re-trap of a Starling that was first ringed here in the garden on 28th September 2010 as a juvenile bird. This makes it 7 years old and it had previously been retrapped in 2011 and 2012.

The longevity record for a Starling is just over 17 years so it has a way to go yet but still doing well!

As a matter of interest I had a look at our records to see if this was the oldest Starling that we'd encountered and it is.
Others over 5 years old were:-

Starling ringed 22/11/2010 as juvenile female - retrapped in 2012 and 2015
Starling ringed 16/09/2010 as an adult male - retrapped in 2016 and 2017 (so also 7 years old this year)
Starling ringed 14/06/2012 as juvenile female - retrapped in 2013 and 2017