30 March 2009

Fair Isle Robin on the move

Only one in 50 ringed birds are ever found again (which is why we have to ring so many), but V159128 obviously didn't know this.

This Robin was originally ringed at Fair Isle Bird Observatory on 1 April 2007 - honestly... It was presumably on spring migration at the time, returning to a breeding area further north. It was then recaught by ringers on 23 October 2008 at Limburg in The Netherlands, and remarkably also caught at Limburg in Belgium just 10 days later (2 November). These two Limburgs are over 100km apart, so its interesting to think this winter visitor had been just wandering round the Benelux countries all winter, and is maybe now en route back throguh Fair Isle...

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