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Isle of May third Red-footed Falcon in September (David Kinchin-smith)

Isle of May third Red-footed Falcon in September (David Kinchin-smith)

The bird on the Isle of May. Note the arrows pointing to its important wing tips

The bird on the Isle of May. Note the arrows pointing to its important wing tips

The same bird...in Lincolnshire! (Paul Neale)

The same bird…in Lincolnshire! (Paul Neale)

The wing tips of the bird help show its the same individual (Paul Neale)

The wing tips of the bird help show its the same individual (Paul Neale)

Sunday 15th November comments: How the digitised world has revolutionised birding. Pictures have emerged indicating that ‘the Isle of May’s’ Red-footed Falcon was discovered further south in Lincolnshire once it departed the island.

The bird, a juvenile, was only the third ever record for the May and remained from 14th-19th September. However a juvenile Red-footed Falcon which lingered at Gibraltar Point NNR from 24th-30th September was clearly the same individual as the bird’s distinct wing tips (a broken primary on its right wing and gap on its left wing) revealed this.

The bird was obviously re-orientating back south and it’s good to see it was heading in the right direction. Many thanks to Paul Neale for supplying the photos of the bird at Gibraltar Point which helped confirm the suspicions but I do wonder where it was between 20th-23rd. North-east of England anyone?

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