Totals (recaps in brackets)
A batch of recoveries came through to Steve this week. The most interesting one is of a Mute Swan that was found dead under power lines in Dalton-in-furness. Sadly this bird met it's end at the grand age of 21 years old! Having first been caught and ringed at Fleetwood Marine Lake on 30/12/1988 as a cygnet male. The bird was darvic ringed - and therefore allowed people to report it's whereabouts to Steve and Wes.
So the above is proof that Mute Swan do actually move around, more often than we think. The above information would not have been collated if the bird had not been given a darvic ring. Darvic rings greatly improve the information we receive on bird movements. All colour ringing projects rely heavily on observations of colour ringed birds and these sightings can be sent to http://www.ring.ac/
Certainly one bird ringer has been busy reading darvic rings this week! Andy Jowett, whilst working in Ireland managed to read several darvics on Whooper Swans in a flock in Northen Ireland. Andy texted me the sightings, which were then added to the database and ringing information was then texted back to Andy, in the field! He also managed to read two Greylags that carried neck collars. One being ringed in Iceland and the other in the Highlands.
On the subject of colour rings - good numbers of sightings of colour ringed Coot have been received this week. Some interesting ones which I'll blog about in a later post.