First recovery of a foreign-ringed Dotterel for the UK

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OH Bird Recorder
Feb 5, 2017
Article by Barry Barnacal

First printed in Hebridean Naturalist No. 16 (2016) and reproduced with the authors permission

"I photographed a Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus), on the South Uist MOD Ranges during one of my seven visits to the site during May 2016. On returning to Claddach Balshare on North Uist that evening and looking on the back of the camera I realised that it was ringed and I could read the details.

I contacted Steve Williams, the Records Officer on Hilbre Island who immediately alerted the ringing community and within 45 minutes I had information regarding this first recovery of a foreign-ringed Dotterel in the UK

Details are:

· Ring number U36694, colour ring blue with white lettering “ACT”

· First ringed 5th September 2015 as a full grown female

· Location: Testa Dell’Assoetta, Exiller (Torino, Italy)

· Lat 45o 4’ 5.66” N

· Long 6o 56’ 46.79” E

· The bird travelled 1686.94km, 251 days