Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Mute Swan - Ring History

Prior to the visit over at Rainham Saturday afternoon, i had been on a little stroll from Albyns Farm to the iron bridge and back with No1 son over the Ingrebourne.
I must admit to enjoying it seeing as i have only been twice this year and had my best and longest views of not one but two Cettis Warbler just after the bridge. Both birds in view at one time; A male singing his heart out possibly on the impress with another bird who remained silent at all times. Must have watched them for 10 minutes dart about in the edging, most of the time on full show with no obstructions.
As well as this, a few year ticks for the Valley taking my total up from super pathetic to very pathetic and a Mute Swan that decided to take a casual swim under the bridge and in doing so i could make out the rings on its legs and after reference to the BTO site it turns out this bird was 1 of 107 Mute Swans rung over at Harrow Lodge Park earlier in the year. My sighting was only the second bird reported from this bunch and the 3rd of this particular one. The other bird reported was over at the Mighty Mayesbrook......Paul??
It hasnt gone to far in 50 odd days...
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