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Recent colour ring sightings and ringing recoveries


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This colour ringed Oystercatcher (T1) seen at the Riffle Range, South Uist in February this year is yet another bird from the Dublin Bay Project

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Another old favourite from the Dublin Bay Project is (66), returning to Askernish and found in exactly the same spot as it has for at least 2 years now

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Amazingly there have only been 3 sightings of colour ringed Collared Doves that were ringed at Askernish other than one seen just 5km away in Lochboisdale. there has been one on Unst, Shetland and this, the second bird to be seen on St Kilda! A95 having been ringed in December 2023 turned up there in May 2024. The first was in June 2022

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A ringed Oystercatcher found fresh dead at Aird, Benbecula on 30-June-2024 had been originally ringed at Llanfairfechan, Conwy, on 14-October-2018, a duration of 2086 days and a distance of 514km (319.4 miles)

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Yet another Storm Petrel ringed last year has been controlled (caught and released) this time in Donegal, Ireland. This bird was orginally ringed at Aird-mhicheil, South Uist on 14-July-2023 and was subsequently controlled at Malin Beg, Donegal, Ireland on 06-July-2024, a duration of 358 days and a distance of 301km (187 miles). Who knows how many miles it has travelled in that time?

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