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Recent ringing and colour-ringed sightings - January to April 2021

YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
The two Greenland White-fronts with neck collars that I saw yesterday 1st April 2021:-

Both birds had previously been seen associating with each other (I couldn’t get the full letters/number of one of the birds but 2 out of three got a result). Amazingly they had both been caught and ringed in Iceland on the same day in Autumn 2017.

Bird 1 was caught Hvanneyri, West Iceland, autumn 2017, adult male and was present on the Wexford Slobs during winter 2017/18 and 2019/20, then 3rd November 2020 at Bridgend, ISLAY (in a flock of 90 birds), then my sighting, 31st March 2021 Askernish, SOUTH UIST (in a flock of 106 birds), associating closely with Bird 2

Bird 2 was caught Hvanneyri, West Iceland, autumn 2017, 1CY female present Wexford Slobs winter 2017/18 and 2019/20, then 3rd November 2020 at Bridgend, ISLAY (in a flock of 90 birds), then my sighting, 31st March 2021 Askernish, SOUTH UIST (in a flock of 106 birds), associating closely with Bird 1
 

YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Whooper Swan, Loch Bee, South Uist, 2nd March 2021

This bird was ringed as a female cygnet on 31st July 2016 in Skagafjordur, Iceland, this is the first sighting since ringing (thanks to WWT for the info).

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YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Greylag Goose, Loch Branahuie, Lewis, 2nd April 2021

Very quick results from the enquiry about this bird that was reported today. Originally ringed at Dunrobin, Gospie as a 2CY male (age code 5) by Highland Ringing Group in January 2011. The bird has been sighted several times since and was recently overwintering in West Lothian.

Dunrobin, GolspieNC840108/01/2011v5male
Hestwall, Holm, OrkneyHY470215/02/2011vv6male
Crya, Orphir, OrkneyHY330515/11/2012vv6male
nr.Linlithgow, West LothianNT017807/11/2017vv6male
Newbigging Farm, Broxburn, West LothianNT067311/03/2021vv6male
Loch Branahuie, LewisNB473202/04/2021vv6male
 

YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Goldfinch, ringing recovery, Askernish, 4th March 2021

Originally ringed in Kent, it had travelled 818km to reach South Uist, but it had taken its time having originally been ringed on 6th November 2016, 1,578 days previously. It had only been seen on one other occasion before appearing here and that was at the same location in Kent a month after being ringed, 4th December 2016.

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MisterT

Always Birding
The colour ringed Oystercatcher seen on 02-April-2021 at Askernish was originally ring in Dublin Bay and was the first report of the bird since then

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