Tuesday, July 24, 2007

News from France

Auré Audevard has been in touch via email to say that one of the stormies ringed in Portugal last summer has been recaptured in Brittany, NW France.

N03181 was initially caught at our main study site at Ponta da Almadena, Algarve, Portugal just before midnight on 24-25/05/2006 - a night when we caught a grand total of 3 birds! Hopefully this will be a delayed reward for the hard work put in by Earthwatchers Walaa, Polly & Tom!

It was subsequently identified as a female by Renata, via molecular sexing methods using DNA extracted from the shaft of a small breast feather.

Auré's ringng team recaptured the bird on the night of 15-16/7/2007, on the Island of Ouessant, off the westerly tip of Brittany
A map of Brittany from Google Earth

The ringing site on Ouessant Island

Ghostly bird-ringers

Waiting for the birds to arrive

These details will be submitted to the national ringing schemes in the normal way.
Thanks to Auré for the news and the photos -good luck for catching more Portuguese-ringed stormies!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Note that the bird N03183 was mist-netted at night on the 20 July 2006 at 01h50 on Banneg Island, Molène archipelago, just near Ouessant. Banneg Island is the largest breeding colony of storm petrel in France.
Bernard Cadiou