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Recent colour ring sightings and ringing recoveries

MisterT

Always Birding
2 recent reports of birds ringed here in Askernish and found elswhere involved a Lesser Redpoll ringed on 23-May this year controlled (caught and released) at Icklesham, Sussex on 23-October, a distance of 874km and a duration of 153 days. The other was a very fortunate Goldfinch, ringed here on 11-June this year which was only after hitting a window in Westhill, Aberdeenshire on 15th October, a distance of 308km and a duration of 126 days. These records are in line with past recoveries reflecting the tendency of Goldfinch to move east - west and Redpoll to move north - south.

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MisterT

Always Birding
A colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit, seen on Bornish Machair on 5 occasions between 18 - 26-September this year had previously been ringed in Iceland on 18-July-2021

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