Friday, 27 December 2013

A long-lived Wigeon

Just browsing through the BTO's Longevity records for Britain & Ireland in 2012, as you do when trying to get over Christmas!

A number of records were pretty interesting, but one really surprised me, and with an Essex connection! and that was for Wigeon. I had never considered that one could live for more than 30 years! The eldest so far recorded was a first-year male ringed at Abberton Reservoir on 15 February 1962. It was recovered on 15 September 1996 in Pionerskiy, Sovetskiy District, Russia, sadly it was freshly dead having been shot. It was 34 years & 7 months old, which to me is quite amazing!

Below are a few images I took at Rainham Marshes back in March.