RZ37675 Redwing (first year)
Ringed 12/10/2016 Billinge Hill, Billinge, Merseyside.
Caught by ringer 02/11/2016 Jerbourg, Guernsey, Channel Islands. 454 km S, duration 21 days.
I caught another 15 Redwings at Billinge this morning which brought the combined ringing totals for Billinge and Crawford to 1,011 and all since 3rd October; a good effort even if I do say so myself. I didn't take a photo of the thousandth Redwing but thousand and eighth certainly got my attention as it was a very obvious Icelandic Redwing, the first and perhaps the only one of this autumn. It didn't have a particularly long wing at 120mm but far too much is made of their wing length considering there is a huge overlap between the two races. The real indicator is their much darker appearance, not their wing length.
|If a Redwing as dark and as well marked as this doesn't get your attention I don't know one that will.|
|The legs and toes were quite dark, although not as dark as some 'coburni', but darker than most 'iliacus'.|
|Strongly marked undertail coverts seem to be a feature of Icelndic birds. While the tail itself is broad and quite rounded there is plenty of wear.|
|A very obvious moult limit with 4 ogcs'; old tertials are present too. There is no doubt that this is a first year bird.|
While on the subject of Redwings I will be updating the Redwing ageing page fairly soon. Any new information/images will be tagged on at the end and labelled as an update to make them easier to find.