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Wheatears on the move

April 8, 2011

While wheatears have been arriving in the UK for the last month, they are only just starting to return to Fair Isle. The great thing about colour ringing birds is that you get more information about where they go than standard metal ringing alone. This is because any keen-eyed bird watcher can record the colours – which will be unique to the individual – without the need for recapture. Telescopes are usually needed though, and a camera with a long telephoto or digiscope helps even more.

Two colour ringed wheatears (both older males) have been seen back – the first arrival was recorded by Tommy Hyndman on 1st April.

Another male was seen at Barns Ness, East Lothian, Scotland on 3rd April and another was spotted and photographed on North Ronaldsay on 4th April.

Colour ringed birds can be reported to the BTO, and usually the reporter hears back about where it was first caught.

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