Bowling Green Marsh Thursday 06-11-2014

Viewed 1045-1330Hrs

Thought i might share this on here as it makes a great story. Have received email about Common Redshank which was seen on the marsh yesterday at 1100Hrs with a group of c60. This bird has been reported by 5 others around the Exe in previous years and this email was sent to all who have reported her  sightings in the past. It was ringed in Westerland, Holland by Wim Tijsen.

Right Tibia=C73 (white alpha-numeric code)

Left Tibia=Green Flag (transponder)

Just an email from me that C73, which you once spotted in your area is yesterday seen at this place by David Boult.

She is celebrating now her 10th universary in the mouth of the Exe-river! I always use her in my presentations about by Redshank study.

And it is not surprising that she is always, one of the first redshanks in my study area which comes back to breed, because she is wintering so close, while others go to Guinee Bissau.... or Portugal or Spain. 

And not suprising that C73 it is such a good bird, she is now 10 years old, and she is daughter of the most famous "widdow of old Bil", who died at age of almost 20 years old(the second old redshank in the European Database. And her mom (C06) is still a live and breeding very close to her(400 meters away at the same farmer, in the same area). Her mom is now at least 15 years old.

Other birds of note were Gadwall + 2 Tufted Ducks + Pochard also seen on the marsh yesterday.  

Common Redshank
Common Redshank

Common Redshank
Common Redshank

Posted November 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am by David Boult in Bird News