A recent ringed Oystercatcher seen on Loch Barvas, amid a spring influx of these pied prodders, made me look back at some records. Oystercatchers clear out in winter but return in spring to noisily mate on the machairs and loch foreshores.
Back in May 2009 a ringed bird was found in Brue trapped in old fishing net, and was released alive. That bird had been ringed as an adult at Dawlish Warren in Devon in September 2004. A swift look at the BTO Breeding Bird Atlas shows this type of movement to be typical. Most British winter birds stay in blighty and don’t cross the English Channel.
Thanks to Iain for the pic – just a shame we couldn’t read the ring!