Date: 12/25/20 8:55 am From: Nate Swick <nswick...> Subject: Re: Update on banded Little Stint from McClellanville CBC
This is, indeed, a really cool bird story and congrats to Nate for being
the catalyst. Here is some more from Magnus Hellström of the Öttenby Bird
Observatory with their side of it all, which also included a photo of the
South Carolina stint in hand when it was captured in Sweden (not sure if I
can attach bird photos here).
During the late evening of September 19 2020, our ringer Tim van den Meer
takes a walk around the cape to check the nets that are open in order to
catch terns. Apart from terns, he also extracts a young Little Stint from
the nets. On his walk back to the BO, he incidentally catches another one
along the shoreline, using a flashlight and a net. Minutes later the two
Little Stints are brought into the ringing lab.
The birds were ringed as 2KN51474 and 2KN51475. The first one was brought
into our photolab but unfortunately the second one was not...
However, after some search today I believe we have found a singel phone
image of the head of bird no 475, taken by Lisa Vergin. Both birds were
These two rings were the last steel-2-size rings that were used here this
So, exactly three months later, in South Carolina on December 19 2020, Nate
Dias finds a Little Stint, and manage to get great in-field photos that
appear to show 479 as last digits. However, this is inaccurate since that
ring is still unused here in our ringing lab. And a second look at Nates'
photos actually shows that the 9 is a 5, just slightly out of angel due to
the round shape of the ring (compare with the other 5 visible in the ring
number). In other words, it is indeed our second individual from Ottenby!
What an astonishing recovery!!! During the last 75 years about a quarter of
a million waders (and >1,3 million birds in total) have been ringed at
Ottenby, but this is our first ring found in North America! Many many
thanks to Nate for his achievment!!!
On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 11:29 AM Nate Dias <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> I have had a few rounds of correspondence with the Bird Ringing Centre at
> the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. After some initial
> confusion with the centre about the "7" being a "2" (which pointed toward
> Temminck's Stint which was wrong for the photos), I have gone through my
> photos and worked out more of the band code. The band code is 2KN5147<?> -
> the last digit is difficult to make out in the photo, which can be viewed
> on my Flickr page.
> Nate Swick has been very helpful in this sleuthing exercise and he managed
> to get in touch (via Facebook) with the person who ringed the bird.
> This is what the bander said:
> "This bird was ringed here at Ottenby Bird Observatory on the island of
> Öland, SE Sweden. The ring series 2KN514XX has been used between 2017-2020,
> and the last ring used was 2KN51475. Hence, there seem to be something
> wrong with the reading (perhaps only the last number?). 2KN51479 is still
> here on the desk... Among the birds ringed with this series we have 20
> Little Stints and 31 Temminck's Stints, and the photo clearly shows that
> it's one of the former. If we can manage to trace the correct ring number,
> chances are rather good that we can give you photos of the bird (from the
> ringing occasion).
> What a chistmas present!"
> Here is the latest info from the museum:
> "This bird is ringed this year - 2020 - and there are only six rings used
> yet in the serie - 2KN51470-5. Of those six are the two first ringed on
> Little Ringed Plowers - 00-01, one ringed on a Temminck's Stint - 02 - and
> the last three ringed on juvenile Little Stints. Of what I can see on the
> picture you sent this time it seems most likely to be a - 5 - in the end of
> the number or maybe a - 3.
> We will take a further look on the photos you sent and return with the
> complete recovery-report to you and the ringing station. And please let us
> know your thougts in the matter also.
> The two most possible candidates are both ringed at Bird Ringing Station
> Ottenby on the island Öland (Oeland), eastern Sweden in The Baltic Sea. The
> dates are 2020-08-23 and 2020-09-19. Most likely the september one."
> This is a very gratifying band recovery, especially since the bird is
> alive and healthy.
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
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