27 October 2010

After years of waiting,... nothing came

Actually, something did come today. Back here, on 'Gropper Day', I mentioned a colour-ringed Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit sighting at Goldcliff. Got the details through the magic of an electronic mail today.

The bird was ringed at Farlington Marshes LNR, Hants, on 29 October 2009 as an adult female, then seen at Pagham Harbour, West Sussex, on 17 February 2010, then Goldcliff on 25 April 2010 and, in the evening of the following day, on Islay, Inner Hebrides.

That last leg is about 325 miles (as calculated, probably in a very rough and ready fashion, here) in, at most, a little over 24 hours. Not bad, and a great choice of stopover site too.

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