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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
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Always Birding
Yet another of our Storm Petrels has been found elsewhere. One we caught on South Uist 0n 25th July this year was caught and released on the island of Nólsoy, Faroe Islands on 21st August, a distance of 536km and a duration of 27 days.

This makes 4 recoveries (our birds found elsewhere – in red) and 6 controls ( birds ringed elsewhere, caught and released here – in green) this year so far– amazing birds!

stope recovery faroe islands.JPG stope recoveries-controls.JPG