25 November 2016

Bar-tailed Godwit recovery

Received some data on the ringed female Bar-tailed Gotwit at Staines Moor on 12 May. The bird was ringed as an adult on 11 May 2006 (metal ring number 1473844, colour code R1YYRR), ten years and a day before the Staines Moor sighting, at Polder bij Lies on the island of Terschelling in the western Wadden Sea, Netherlands. It has been observed on eight occasions since, each sighting in May in the Dutch Wadden Sea, the most recent being on 7 May 2015 at De Schorren, Texel. Therefore, the Staines Moor sighting is the first observation outside of the Netherlands.

Many thanks to Job ten Horn of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) for providing the data.

Female colour ringed Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica (left), Staines Moor, 12 May 2016

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