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Monday, 7 September 2009

Colour-ringed GREAT WHITE EGRET in Cambridgeshire

Two GREAT WHITE EGRETS arrived at Ouse Fen (Cambs) in mid-September and are both still present today. Richard Thomas photographed both birds (see above), one of which was colour-ringed (orange over blue over red) and Dr Loic Marion kindly confirmed that this bird (CA 69526) had been ringed as a juvenile at Lac de Grand-Lieu (Loire Atlantique, FRANCE) on 14 May 2009. It seems that the majority of our birds are turning up post-breeding dispersal from this colony (Lee G R Evans).
Trawling the archives - previous colour-ringed Cambs GWE:
The Cam Washes bird at Upware 8th - 9th July 2003 was ringed as a nestling at Lake Grand-Lieu, Loir Atlantique, France on 30th April 2003.
The Kingfisher's Bridge of the same year on 28th July - 28th August 2003 was also ringed as a nestling at Lake Grand-Lieu,Loir Atlantique, France (on 26/6/01). Both birds were also seen at other sites in the UK (Mark Ward)