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Waxwings in Strensall, York

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Old Tuesday 6th January 2009, 18:56   #1
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Waxwings in Strensall, York

Hello all,

Can any one help?

I had six Waxwings in my garden today (two up from yesterday). One of yesterdays birds was ringed, but I could only read the last three digits (009). I couldn't make out if it was a BTO ring or not, but hopefully, if they stay around for a couple more days I'll get a better look. Today I also had a bird with a single yellow colour ring on its right leg but oddly no metal ring on the left - can any one shed any light?

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Hi Mark !

Many thanks for your report. I am one of the ringers in Grampian Ringing Group who along with other colleagues have ringed the Waxwings this winter in Aberdeen. The colour we used this year was lime over metal so if you have seen a yellow ring this is probably a bird that was ringed in Orkney this autumn. Can you confirm if the bird had a metal ring under the yellow - it should have, though these are sometimes harder to see compared to the colours ? If you have any photographs it would be well worth checking. The other bird may also be an Orkney bird - can you read any more of the ring and which leg was the metal ring on ? The Orkney guys have not had any sightings at all since ringing so this would be very good if it can ideed be confirmed !

I have passed on your details to Raymond Duncan who is coordinating the Waxwing Study by Grampian Ringing Group. You will see from other threads that it has so far been very successful with many sightings of birds ringed in November 08 and turning up in all sorts of places !

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