Long Distance Coal Tit, Periparus ater

On Friday, 16th March, Andrew Bray was ringing at his Lacock Abbey Allotments site. He had a decent session: 35 birds caught, 22 ringed and 13 recaptures.  Amongst the recaptures was a solitary Coal Tit, ring number Z495503.  The ring series looked familiar, and it didn’t prompt any particular additional interest.

Today I received a report from the British Trust for Ornithology.  This bird was originally ringed on the 3rd January 2015 at the Ordiequish Forest, Fochabers, Moray.  It has travelled 687km in 1,168 days.  The previous movement record for a Coal Tit in the UK and Ireland is 636km in 1,133 days.  That bird moved from Highland to Herefordshire.