Thursday, 16 September 2010

Norwegian wanderer on my patch

I must have spent far too many hours looking for colour-ringed birds (mostly gulls) on the Hayle estuary, Cornwall, but was gazumped the other week.

This juvenile Common Sandpiper was on the estuary on 28 August, sporting a red colour ring and a yellow 'flag', inscribed with AEE. It turns out 8A56124 had been ringed at Makkevika, Møre & Romsdal, in Norway just 16 days earlier. It was presumably well on its way when ringed and in those 16 days had covered an impressive 1,535 km.

It looks like this is only the fifth Norwegian-ringed Common Sand to be found in the UK, so is truly a decent record! Well done to Nick Tomalin for finding it and thanks for the photo.

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