Thursday, 27 August 2009

Farne's Shag

5 more Shag darvics at Wrecked Craigs on 26 August included the first from outside the area, a Farne Island chick from 2009 red-SZB (left in top pic); at this point it was stood next to blue-CCT (ad at front), a distinctive ring with a white band where the blue has been eroded that was the very first I recorded at this site back on 20 November 2006, but which could not be confirmed till now due to an uncertain read - quite satisfying to solve a 3 year-old mystery! This latter bird was ringed as a chick on the Isle of May on 14 July 1998 and is a regular breeder on the island, nesting in the the Tarbert area in 2009. Link to records so far here.

A Whimbrel was also present.

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