Posted by: talyllyn | December 25, 2016

Ringed Kestrel

Went for a trip out today to Elan Valley and saw this Kestrel on a fence post. He seemed tame in that he wasn’t bothered by us in the car and he didn’t move when cars went past us. We noticed that he was ringed, metal ring on the right leg and a yellow ring on the left leg. Couldn’t see the full number unfortunately but think it was,? 04. He did fly off eventually to another post so we weren’t worried about him being injured. Oh can I just point out this picture was taken on my phone at full zoom šŸ™‚

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  1. Yes thank you for the record and image, this very obliging bird as been around for a few weeks now.

  2. Thanks for the clarification Tony, hope you’re having a good Christmas! Beautiful bird and could not believe how close we were able to get. Other birds in the vicinity (between Craig Goch & Pont Elan) were a flock of 60 siskin & redpoll beneath the dam, similar numbers of fieldfare and starling worming in an adjacent field and a single cormorant flying down the reservoir.

  3. Cheers Alan, up there first thing in the morning, Thanks for the new number, 60 Siskin good record. Glad you had a good day, will call you when I find a Waxwing šŸ™‚

  4. What a great, clear, picture – almost as good as actually being there !

  5. If that’s what your phone does , I think I’ll ditch the camera! Well done. Odd that there are a coupleof imm. Kestrels up there and often on the posts, but I haven’t seen one with rings before-an escapee perhaps? Where is Tony (X)Ā  , our resident expert on such?

  6. This bird must be an escapee. So tame, The boxing day visitors were a few feet away from it taking pictures of the poor thing. There is a Goshawk in the area also.

  7. This is most likely one of the ‘Mid Wales Ringing Group’s’ Kestrels, and is not an escaped bird! We ring around 50 or so Kestrel chicks each year (and the odd adult). We put a metal BTO ring with a 7 digit alphanumeric code on the right leg, and a yellow plastic ring with 3 digit alphanumeric code (in black) on the left leg. We put these plastic rings on the birds so that they can be individually identified without having to re trap them. If someone is able to confirm what the 3 digits are, we will be able to give you some more information on the bird.
    It is a bit concerning how approachable the bird is, and possible a sign of it being unwell! Hopefully I’m wrong.

  8. Glad it’s not an escapee although still concerned about its apparent lack of fear. Hopefully Tony and his friends saw the first digit as I only got the last two 04


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