Wednesday 4th November comments: The value of bird ringing. News has filtered through from David Parnaby warden at Fair Isle Bird Observatory (http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/) of a ringed Blackbird he caught just three days ago…it’s one of ours!
The bird (just for the record ring number CW90720), was ringed as juvenile male Blackbird on 30th October 2014 on the Isle of May and would have been caught presumably heading to winter in the UK (escaping the cold harsh winter of Scandinavia). Having successfully overwintered in 2014 the bird would have returned to Norway or beyond in spring 2015 and was coming back for another winter in the UK when it was caught on Fair Isle just three days ago.
The bird was part of a large scale movement of Blackbirds down the east coast during that period (we recorded 5,000 in two days on here on 28th-29th October) and shows the real benefit of bird ringing. We hope the Blackbird continued its journey and who knows we might even see it again in future autumns. Thanks to David for the information and to his daughter Grace for releasing it safely back into the skies of Fair Isle.