Tuesday 24th August comments: Success! We’ve had some good news from further afield as our first Sandwich Tern chick to be ringed has been sighted! The bird was given a unique lettered code ‘UJB’ and was the first chick to hatch, first to be ringed and the first to fledge off the island.
The bird successfully departed the Isle of May in late July and on Monday was photographed by Richard Somers Cocks who provided the details (thanks Richard – good sighting!). Richard photographed the bird on the sands at Findhorn Bay along the Moray coastline and instantly shows the value of the colour ringing scheme (and shows you how far they travel in such a short space of time).
Hopefully this will be the first of many sightings of our youngsters as they disperse the island before eventually heading south to wintering grounds in West Africa. It’s been a good year for Sandwich Tern success and long may it continue.