Having been annoyed by the repeated sightings of a Black Stork all over Scotland, it was a pleasure to finally get some details! Photos of the bird on the Outer Hebrides showed a ring, but the code unfortunately couldn't be read.
By the time it made it to Shetland a few days later it was a bit more obliging though, and Mike Pennington managed to read the combination - 50P9. This was, remarkably, a bird ringed in the nest in Hungary in June 2007. It was seen again in Hungary in September 2008 and then in The Netherlands in March 2009, making a beeline for the UK. OK, so not quite a beeline, as this bird will presumably still have wintered in Africa, edging slowly westwards each spring migration.
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It has toured Scotland since 10 May, but now it's made it to Shetland there isn't much land left for it to explore. This is our first ever recovery of a Black Stork and nice to have one from such an exotic location!
Thanks to Mike Pennington for the details and pics of this amazing record.