Colour ringed oystercatcher

6th June 2012, Wednesday

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This bird was first ringed on 23 Nov 1994 at Totton, Southampton Water, Hampshire then re-trapped and re-ringed on 30 December 2000 at Marchwood, Southampton Water and colour-ringed. It has been seen at Rye Harbour breeding in May 2010, July 2011 and June 2012. So this bird is close to 20 years old (or older) let’s hope it keeps coming for some years to come. Its territory is right next to the new saltmarsh creek at Lime Kiln Cottage, so it’s easy to see.