Last week, during our visit to Andalucia, we spent some time looking at gulls, terns and waders around the Guadalquivir estuary. In just half a day we found six ringed birds, originating from various European countries.
First up, a Black-headed Gull – ringed in the Czech Republic – click here for details
Next, a Kentish Plover ringed at Marker Wadden, Holland, in May 2020
A Redshank ringed in Kragero, Norway in August – it travelled 2,700k in a month
Sanderling – no detail received yet (Post-script – ringed on Sanday, Orkney, Scotland – but no further details available)
A Lesser-Black-backed Gull – also of Norwegian origin
And finally, those orange-billed terns! Soon after arriving at La Jana beach I picked out a bird of Sandwich Tern size, with a long, slightly drooping, orange bill – surely an Elegant Tern. We watched it for half an hour, moving from on spot to another – along with a hundred Sandwich, several winter Common and a couple of Caspian Tern. Only when I was looking through the photos that evening did I realise that there must have been two Elegant Tern in the flock – one ringed – the other not! From my blog back in September 2013 – “The male was first ringed in Marismas del Odiel, Huelva (SW Spain) on 8 October 2002 as a Lesser Crested Tern, but when it was re-trapped in 2006, it’s identity was questioned, DNA was taken and the identity awaits confirmation – though is leaning towards Elegant.” If the ringed bird in my photo was this original bird, it is now two decades old at least!
The second, un-ringed bird.
Any observations or comments on these birds welcome.