30 November 2010

The first Barnie causes a twitch

There are very few reports of UK ringed birds in America and the majority are Manx Shearwater (8) and Great Skua (3). We have also had single reports of White-fronted and Canada Goose, Turnstone, Kittiwake, Arctic, Roseate and Common Tern.

Yesterday we received an email from Jack Rothman informing us of the first British ringed Barnacle Goose to be recorded in America! Barnacle Geese in North America are rare anyway but one with a known origin is brilliant. This bird was seen at Orchard Beach, Bronx which is 5204km from where it was ringed.

Barnacle Goose 1291347 was ringed by Steve Percival on 13/11/2002 and was seen frequently on Islay until March 2005 when it disappeared. One of its parents and a sibling where ringed at the same time and are still seen around Islay.

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Thanks to Keith Michael for finding the bird and Jack Rothman for letting us know and also for the photo.


  1. This Barnacle is now in Connecticut! It was found by a friend of mine on a pond at Wooster Park in Stratford yesterday, and I re-located it at Bunnell High School, also in Stratford, today. You can see video of it from yesterday here (before we knew it was this individual): http://ctaudubon.blogspot.com/2010/12/barnacle-goose-stratford.html

    You can read today's story about seeing the bands along with a bit more video and photos here: http://ctaudubon.blogspot.com/2010/12/barnacle-goose-update.html

    I linked to this blog post in that one. Fantastic stuff, thanks for the information you provided. Great bird.

    Scott Kruitbosch
    Connecticut Audubon Society
    You can email me at skruitbosch@ctaudubon.org if you want more information or have any more to share, thanks!

  2. We were lucky enough to see this bird in Orchard Beach, and we reported the VUB band to NY birders. My wife was able to get good photos of the bird: http://drilbudesigns.blogspot.com/

    The bird has been subsequently refound in Stratford, Ct, about 50 miles northeast of Orchard Beach.

  3. The bird is now known to have a leg injury....sad, but hope it's not serious.

    I'm 'following' this bird - which I've just caught up with - with a keen interest from a little nearer than where the bird is right now with you - in Lancaster, England.