Local Rarity 30th December 2017

  • This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.


Senior Member
Feb 25, 2017
17 snow buntings still by the airport on Barra today plus an unseasonal pied wagtail in the car park there and a juv Iceland gull on the beach. A lone fieldfare was at Northbay.


OH Bird Recorder
Feb 5, 2017
A Coot was on the loch behind the Co-op at Daliburgh this afternoon.

A small number of birds were ringed today here at Askernish, including a re-trap of a Starling that was first ringed here in the garden on 28th September 2010 as a juvenile bird. This makes it 7 years old and it had previously been retrapped in 2011 and 2012.

The longevity record for a Starling is just over 17 years so it has a way to go yet but still doing well!

As a matter of interest I had a look at our records to see if this was the oldest Starling that we'd encountered and it is.
Others over 5 years old were:-

Starling ringed 22/11/2010 as juvenile female - retrapped in 2012 and 2015
Starling ringed 16/09/2010 as an adult male - retrapped in 2016 and 2017 (so also 7 years old this year)
Starling ringed 14/06/2012 as juvenile female - retrapped in 2013 and 2017