Ringing Recoveries: Nos Oiseaux en France

March 18, 2011 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

As so many Welsh men and women will be travelling to France for this weekend’s big rugby match, we thought it would be a good excuse to look at some recent ringing recoveries of birds who have made a similar journey from here in East Glamorgan:

Herring Gull: A nestling ringed on July 3rd 2003 in Bridgend was observed alive in Ile d’Oleron (Charente-Maritime) on 16th March 2008. A movement of 644km South South East.

Herring Gull: Another nestling, also ringed on July 3rd 2003 in Bridgend, was observed alive at Reserve de Chanteloup (Vendee) France on 10th May 2005. A movement of 568km South South East.

Lesser Black-backed Gull: A nestling ringed on July 7th 2004 in Cardiff was observed alive in Les Sables D’olonne (Vendee) on September 17th 2008. But its journey there is a very interesting one:  two and a half years after it was ringed it was seen in Oleiros (Coruna) in Spain on February 1st 2007; it then made its first visit to Les Sables D’olonne on October 12th 2007; it was recorded next at Portland Bill (Dorset) on September 4th  2008, before its return to Les Sables D’olonne on September 17th 2008.

Sedge Warbler: A first-year bird ringed at Kenfig Pool on July 26th 2008  Kenfig Pool was caught by a ringer at Trunvel, Treogat (Finistere) eighteen days later on 11th August. A movement of 406km S

Sedge Warbler: An adult female ringed at Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve on July 30th 2007 was caught by ringer at Donges (Loire-Atlantique) seven days later on August 5th. A movement of 467km South.

Lapwing: One ringed at Rumney Great Wharf on March 2nd 2002 was shot in Oye-Page, Pas-de-calais on August 25th 2007. A movement of 362km East. (There have been fewer than 20 recoveries of British-ringed Lapwing in France).

If you’d like to find out more about other ringing recoveries, here in Glamorgan or elsewhere in the UK, please visit the BTO’s Online Ringing Recoveries website.

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