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Recent colour ring sightings and ringing recoveries

MisterT

Always Birding
A Greenfinch ringed at Bruairnis, Barra on 18 October 2022 was controlled (caught and released) at Askernish South Uist on 15 November 2023, a duration of 393 days and a distance of 23km (14.2 miles). Yet another example of the interchange between the two islands.

GREFI - Bruairnais - Askernish.JPG
 

MisterT

Always Birding
A Lesser Redpoll ringed here in Askernish, South Uist on 24 May 2022 was controlled (caught and released) on 09 November 2023 at Loch of Leys, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, a duration of 534 days and a distance of 296km (184 miles). Another example of east – west migration of our smaller passerines.
LESRE Ask - loleys Banchory Aberdeenshire.JPG
 

MisterT

Always Birding
A colour ringed Waxwing, originally ringed as part of this winters influx into the country in the grounds of the Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen on 31-October-2023 was controlled (caught and released) in Askernish on 13-November-2023, a duration of 13 days and a distance of 318km (199 miles). It stayed for a further 2 days before deciding to leave. Yet another east to west movement.

Waxwing  Aberdeen to Askernish.JPG
 

MisterT

Always Birding
An Oystercatcher ringed as a chick at Griminish, Benbecula on 11-June-2005 was controlled (caught and released) at Bangor Harbour on 28-January-2024, a duration of 6805 days (18 years 7 months 18 days) and a distance of 512 km (318 miles). It had previously been controlled at Beaumaris, Anglesey on 16-October-2011 which is just opposite Bangor Harbour and so thought to be an alternative roost. Thanks to Hugh Insley for the information.

This is the second bird found here on the islands that was ringed in the same general area, the other being in 2023, details can be found here

OYC Griminish benbec - Bangor.JPG
 

MisterT

Always Birding
Yet another example of east - west movement is this Goldfinch ringed at Bruernish, Barra on 09-October-2021 which was later controlled (by Stephen MacDonald.) at Morar, near Mallaig on 08-January-2023, a distance of 97km and a duration of 456 days. Thanks again to Hugh Insley for the information

GODFI bruernish - moror, nr Malaig.JPG
 

MisterT

Always Birding
Another Goldfinch ringed at Askernish, South Uist on 31-March-2023 was controlled (caught and released) by the Tay Ringing Group at Seggieden, Perth and Kinross on 11-February-2024, a duration of 317 days and a distance of 262km. Yet another east - west movement

Goldf - Askernish - Seggieden.jpg
 

MisterT

Always Birding
A Lesser Redpoll ringed here in Askernish, South Uist on 20-September-2021 was also retrapped (caught and released) on 02 & 23-September-23 and later controlled (caught and released) on 26-February-2024 at Loch of Leys, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, a duration of 889 days and a distance of 296km (184 miles). Not only is this another example of east – west migration of our smaller passerines, but is also the second Lesser Redpoll to be controlled at that site (see 5 posts above)

lesre - ask- banchory aberdeenshire.png
 
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