02 February 2009

Coming to a butcher near you

We tend to get ring reports from a wide variety of sources... Like London buses they can all come at once!

Last week we received a report of a ringed Teal (EW36745) found in Borough Market, London's oldest food market (dating back to Roman times). This was a bird originally ringed on Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, in September 2007, and its route from there to a London market is somewhat of a mystery. Being sold by the Furness Fish & Game company, based in Cumbria, it presumably originated somewhere in the northwest...

Later that same afternoon we received an email report (via our online reporting form at www.ring.ac) of a ringed Pintail found in a butcher's shop in Holt, Norfolk. This, and the bird before, was ringed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, though this bird was ringed more locally, at Burgh Fen Decoy.

So you never know what you might find out shopping...


  1. Astonishing that Pintail is still a quarry species when there's so few of 'em about

  2. where is Burgh Fen Decoy? is it in Norfolk or do they mean Borough fen decoy in Cambs?

  3. Ah yes, you're right, this should be Borough Fen Decoy near Peterborough...