Monday, 20 June 2011

A Big Surprise from LISBOA!

OK so I’ve changed the second word in this blog post title slightly from yesterdays post! Why!? Because apparently A310342 is the first Portuguese ringed Sand Martin to be recovered in the UK! 


Thanks to Richard Du Feu for making me aware of this! And to Lee Barber at BTO HQ for confirming!

Well done A310342…………!


To add a further twist to this story – what are the chances that UK ringers ringed this bird in Portugal!? And those ringers being from the NW of England!? It’s true…. Thanks to Tom & Peter Fearon for getting in touch – they ringed this Sand Martin on 21/08/2010 at Reserva Natural das Lagas de Santo André e da Sancha. It weighed 14.8 and was aged as a 3 (juvenile)

Thanks to the Fearons for letting us know!


Today we had a very successful trip to Killington Lake to round up more Black-headed Gull chicks. However we thought A310342 deserves the blog post this evening, so we’ll blog about today’s events tomorrow!


  1. A310342 was ringed at the Reserva Natural das Lagoas de Santo André e da Sancha on the 21/08/2010 by the Fearons after being roosted overnight. It weighed in at 14.8 grams with a fat score of 3 (8 point scale) and was aged as a 3.

  2. Cheers for the information, Tom!