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Reed Warbler defies the odds!

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Old Thursday 20th October 2011, 17:02   #1
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Reed Warbler defies the odds!

Whilst trawling for news on a couple of Great Grey Shrike I noticed this..

You couldn't make this up, amazing -
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Old Thursday 20th October 2011, 17:16   #2
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When I'm ringing in Southern Spain I often wonder if I'll come across a bird I might have ringed in Devon. Now I know it's possible, I'll try even harder!

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Old Thursday 20th October 2011, 17:18   #3
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Fascinating, though I guess it happens with some larger species from time to time.

Somebody will probably claim he took it with him.

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When ringing in Cyprus I always looked very carefully at any ringed Lesser Whitethroats we trapped. Never caught a British ringed bird let alone one of mine!
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Well done John - nice to see that Lagoa de Santo Andre is going strong - is Michael Armelin with you?
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Old Thursday 20th October 2011, 21:06   #7
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I think something similar happened a few years back involving a Sedge Warbler from Icklesham being caught by the ringer in Senegal. Anybody else recall this?

The late Frank Clafton when he moved from being warden at Bardsey BO to become the warden at Portland BO caught a Willow Warbler there he had ringed at Bardsey.
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Old Monday 5th December 2011, 09:51   #8
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Iain Livingstone who I temporarily trained with in Strathclyde regailed me with a smaller distance but no less amazing story as it was a double-whammy:

While ringing away from home in Kent at a bird observatory, a day's catching of a large number of hirundines on passage yielded a single control swallow: originally ringed by Iain in Strathclyde. Next day, a day's catch yielded a single control house martin. Again, originally ringed by Iain. My guess as to how this slim possibility might be helped along was that a) the bird observatory happened to serve as the main 'funnel' for passage hirundines, at least for that region of Scotland, and b) his timing of visit was impeccably synchronised with birds from his site passing through...

Astounding. As for me I have experienced a rook in the hand twice so far, both the same individual, on separate sites, more than a year apart, and on both occasions it was the only rook to be netted. perhaps a bit of a dozey individual? was great to see it as a juvenile then an adult!
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I compare this case as the man who came in a huge barn and stuck the needle ...
What happened to John is not impossible and that makes us dream of many banders. The question is to be twice in the same place at the scheduled time and have a network operating.
Congratulations John.
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