Real busy this week, all my time seems to have been spent indoors talking to people about migration & Whooper Swans. I've really enjoyed it though and it will be preparing me for the winter ahead when talking to visitors at the WWT swan feeds. As I write this I've just come in from one of the hides at WWT Martin Mere, where there is a true migration spectacle happening! Just this morning at 08:30am we had 120 Whooper Swans on the Mere & now we've just taken a count of over 400. Birds have been arriving all day and twinned with our reserve record count of 36,000 Pink-footed Geese, it's very busy out on the Mere at the moment!
Anyhow you may think that today's blog title is all about the Whoopers but in fact I'm writing about a Mute Swan!
Our mate over on the Isle of Man - Sean - caught a Mute Swan in Ramsey Harbour today which was carrying ring ZZ7452. This bird was ringed by me on 04/10/2008 in Whitehaven Harbour, Cumbria! 60kms distance to Ramsey.
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