Monday, 3 February 2014

Banded Martin unusual record for the coast

By Andy Ruffle

Whilst catching Barn Swallows to ring last night (2nd Feb), Andrew Pickles had a pleasant surprise in the nets, in the shape of a Banded Martin.

Banded Martin, Umzumbe Floodplain
(Photo Andrew Pickles)

If you check your fieldguides, you will see that Banded Martin is not shown as being present in our area. SABAP2 records also confirm this with the nearest sightings being recorded in the Harding area.

SABAP2 records for Banded Martin
(Map courtesy of Google Maps & SABAP2)

This is yet another example of how bird ringing is shedding light on some very interesting data.

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