Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Recent Cormorant Sightings

A Cormorant chick colour ringed DXV at Forvie in 2007 was seen on 03/02/11 by Afonso Rocha on the Tagus Estuary, Lisbon, Portugal. We have previously had birds resighted in Spain and France, but this is our furthest south yet.

HHC and HLF by Tristan Folland
Another interesting sighting was HHC and HLF, both seen together in a group of only 13 birds by Tristan Folland on 09/02/11 at Waterbeach Gravel Pits, Cambridgeshire. They are both from different colonies from different years, HHC was ringed at Forvie in 2008 and HLF at Inverbervie in 2009. This shows how important these inland water bodies in central England are for wintering cormorants from NE Scotland (and other areas presumably).
HHC in breeding plumage at Forvie by Chris Jones
HHC has returned each summer to the Forvie colony and leaves in early September. It has not attempted to breed yet, maybe this year it will return and do so.
CUU at Seaforth, Merseyside by Chris Gregson 07/02/11

Cormorants have been colour ringed by GRG since 2005. We have had an extremely high resighting rate, an average of 1 in 4 birds. Thank you to all observers and photographers.

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