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Notable recoveries

North West Norfolk Ringing Group have many recoveries in our database and some have been of exceptional interest, a few of these are presented next. The recoveries are arranged by species with the ringing information on the first line and recovery  data below (NB some of these recoveries are multiple records of the same bird and have more than one line of recovery information).

Species. Ring Number. Age (+ sex if known) at ringing. Date bird was ringed. Place bird was ringed. Recovery information. Date bird was recovered. Place bird was recovered. Distance and direction of movement. Comments.


Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
BV85945 Adult 31.08.1980 Heacham, Norfolk, England
Seen 20.05.2000 Snettisham, Norfolk, England
                                    7,202 days
This Ringed Plover which we had colour ringed set a new British longevity record for this species


Sanderling Calidris alba                                                                                                    View map

2nd year

19.01.1996 Heacham, Norfolk, England
Re captured 08.08.1998 Near Gdansk, Poland 1,227 km  E  932 days
Re captured 11.10.1998 Heacham, Norfolk, England 1,227 km  W  996 days                                         
This is the first example of a Sanderling from the Wash in eastern England to be recovered in Poland and only the second British ringed record. It will have been returning from its Siberian breeding grounds when it was controlled in Poland and then quite remarkably re-captured back in Norfolk two months later.
In the winter of 1998/1999 the Group captured 52 Shorelark Eremophilia alpestris this increased the total of Shorelark ringed in Britain by nearly 50%! Fortunately we colour-ringed them and this was to generate some interesting recoveries. There have only been 23 recoveries of British ringed Shorelark and seven of these were of birds ringed by the Group!
Shorelark Eremophilia alpestris
N697841 Adult 31.12.1998 Holkham, Norfolk, England
Seen 21.02.2000 St Peter-Bohl,  Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
535 km  ENE  417 Days  
The first British ringed Shorelark found in Germany                                                            View map
N697861 Adult 09.01.1999 Holkham, Norfolk, England
  Seen 10.01.2000 De Slufter, Texel, The Netherlands
265 km  E  366 Days  
The first British ringed Shorelark found in The Netherlands.                                                View map
Dunnock Prunella modularis   
NOS 1st year 04/09/1993 Giljastolen, Gjesdal, Rogaland,  Norway
E432103 Re captured 18/09/1993 Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk, England
      744 Km  SSW  14 Days
NOS 1st year 13.08.1998 Ronikilen, Vest-Agder, Norway
E820404 Re captured 03.10.1998 Snettisham, Norfolk, England
721 km  SW  51 days  
Unlike British Dunnocks which are mainly sedentary Continental Dunnocks are highly migratory         View map
Robin continental race Erithacus r rubecula   
E834483 1st year 23/09/1998 Timenes, Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
  Re captured 10/10/1998 Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, UK
      747 km  SW     17 Days
AH84768 1st year 09/10/2004 Valkeveen, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
  Re captured 13/10/2007 Snettisham Coastal Park, Norfolk, UK
      328 km  W      1099 Days
P251240 Adult 08/04/2000 Snettisham Coastal Park, Norfolk, UK
 Found  dead 15/10/2000 Nr Rodby, Lolland, Denmark
748 km  ENE    190 Days
Continental Robins are highly migratory                                                                               View map
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
LIK Adult 19.07.1999 Ventes Ragas, Silute, Lithuania
VV92260 Re captured 13.08.1999 near, Burnham Market, Norfolk, England
1,359 km  W  25 days            View map
The recovery from Lithuania was the first recovery of a Reed Warbler to Britain from any of the Baltic States.
Whitethroat Sylvia communis
E638377 1st year 24.08.1996 Turoy, Fjell, Hordaland, Norway
  Re captured 20.09.1996 Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk, UK
      873 Km     SSW   27 Days
The recovery of this Norwegian ringed Whitethroat was only the second to Britain.     View map
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita                                                                                      View Map  
Z34679   21/09/1997

Bingsmarken, Skurup, Malmohus, Sweden

  Re captured 05/11/1998 Holme next the Sea, Norfolk, UK
The recovery of this Swedish ringed Chiffchaff was only the fourth to be recovered Britain.
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
F082414 2nd year male 07.05.1996 Holme, Norfolk, England
Killed by hunter 10.03.1997 Near Al Ladhiqiyah, Syria
3,383 km  SE  307 days
This is the first British ringed Blackcap to be recovered in Syria                                      View map  
Our intensive colour ringing of Snow Buntings generated some remarkable recoveries and a selection of these is given below.
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax  nivalis  
VP19897 Adult female 02.12.1995 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
Seen 25.01.1998 Bremerhaven, Germany
502 km  E  795 days
Only the second British ringed Snow Bunting reported from Germany                     View Map                                                       
NLA 1st year female 05.12.1996 Castricum, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
B887349 Re captured 17.02.1997 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
241 km  W  74 days
Re captured 24.01.1998 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
241 km  W  415 days
NLA B887349 is the second Dutch bird found in our region and remarkably was also recaptured the following year
VJ44503 Adult female 13.01.1991 Hunstanton, Norfolk, England
Found dead 02.01.1993 De Balg, Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands
392 km  E  720 days
VN26594 2nd year female 19.01.1993 Titchwell, Norfolk, England
Seen 27.11.1993 Zwin, Cadzand, Zeeland, The Netherlands
259 km  SE  312 days
VP19730 1st year female 09.12.1995 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
Seen 08.11.1998 Maasvlakte, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
233 km  ESE 1.065 days
VR98609 1st year female 27.12.1997 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
Seen 08.11.1998 Veerse Dam, Zeeland, The Netherlands
229 km  SE  316 days
The 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th British ringed birds found in the Netherlands                      View Map                                                                                            
BLB 1st year male 25.11.1996 Knokke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
31V70148 Re captured 24.01.1998 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
234 km  NW  425 days
Seen 04.11.1998 Digue Du Brack, Dunkirque, France
                     709 days
1st Belgian ringed Snow Bunting recovered in Britain, this bird was then seen in France the following winter.                                                                                                  
BLB 1st year male 08.12.1996 Zeebrugge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
32V82267 Re captured 31.01.1997 Holkham, Norfolk, England
244 km  NW  54 days
BLB 1st year female 15.12.1997 Zeebruge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
4077871 Re captured 16.01.1999 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
230 km  NW  397 days
2nd and 3rd Belgian ringed Snow Buntings recovered in Britain                                    View Map  
VN81690 2nd year female 17.01.1997 Old Hunstanton, Norfolk, England
Re captured 28.02.1998 Akureyri, Iceland 1755 Km  NW  407 Days
Re captured 19.12.2005 Den Helder, The Netherlands
Setting a new British Longevity record of 8 years 11 months                                                                                                          View Map                                                                                      
VR98582 1st year female 05.12.1997 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
Seen 17.03.1998 Hvolsvollur, Iceland
1731 km  NW  102 Days
VS42563 1st year male 28.11.1998 Salthouse, Norfolk, England
Seen 21.02.2000 Hofn, Hornafjordur, Austur-Skaftafells, Iceland
1565 km  NW  450 Days
 Two other Snow Buntings ringed by the Group were also recovered in Iceland.           View Map                                                                                       
Sand Martin Riparia riparia                                     View map  
H453052 1st year 26.07.1991 Hempton, Norfolk, England
Re captured 28.11.1992 Djoudj, Nr St Louis, Senegal
4317 km  SSW  491 Days
This remarkable record of a Sand Martin ringed by us in Norfolk was re captured by us in Senegal      

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