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Recent ringing and colour ring sightings - July 2021


Always Birding
A Storm Petrel caught and released on South Uist on 2nd July had been ringed the previous year also in the July at Noss Head, Wick, a duration of 353 days and a distance of 292km.

I think that we can safely assume it didn't travel overland.

Stormie map.JPG


Always Birding
Another Storm Petrel carrying a Danish ring which was caught and released on South Uist on 9th July had been ringed at Mykinesholmur on the small island of Mykines in the Faroe Islands on 9th August 2019, a duration of 700 days and a distance of 536km.

Amazing birds!



Always Birding
Yet another Storm Petrel that was caught and released on South Uist on 11th July had previously been ringed 9 days previously on Lunga, Treshnish Isles, a distance of 107km.
Looking at the 3 maps and considering where they all originated, to be at the same location in the space of 9 days is amazing!

strormie, treshnish.JPG


Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Patience was a virtue for @Bruce when it came to this colour ringed Curlew.

First seen in 2019, it has returned to Vatersay every year, but no colour ring scheme could be positively identified as it appeared to have possibly shed one of its rings. But this year, after studying numerous photographs, the metal ring number was visible and the bird was tracked to an individual ringed as a chick (part of a brood of three) in Corgarff, Aberdeenshire on 10 June 2015, a duration of 2223 days and a distance of 264km.

The missing ring was white with the black letters BT which just happens to be @Bruce initials.

colour ringed curlew vatersay 2021 1 .jpg colour ringed curlew map.JPG


Always Birding
A colour ringed Oystercatcher from the Dublin Bay project was seen at Ardivachar Point on 15th July. Initially ringed as an adult in January 2015, it is no stranger to South Uist having been seen in 2019 at Loch Bee

Colour ringed Oyc ardivachar July 2021.jpg Oyc T1 Ardivachar July 2021.JPG


Always Birding
Another report of a Storm Petrel ringed early in July, but this time it was controlled (caught and released) elsewhere. A bird we ringed on 11th July on South Uist was controlled at St Johns Point, Highland on 22nd July, 11 days later having travelled 295 km. That is 3 birds ringed elsewhere (Faroes, Wick, and Treshnish Isles) plus this bird found at St Johns Point

stope recovered at St Johns Point.JPG 3 controls 1 recovery south uist.JPG
Storm Petrels: South Uist to St Johns Point & locations where birds have been ringed/recovered