Date: 12/28/20 1:13 pm
From: Lena Gallitano (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Update on banded Little Stint from McClellanville CBC
Indeed, a wonderful story!  Thank you Nathan and Nate for searching out
the details of this birds amazing adventure.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding,

Lena Gallitano
Raleigh, NC

On 12/25/2020 11:54 AM, Nate Swick wrote:
> 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 then released...
> These two rings were the last steel-2-size rings that were used here
> this year.
> 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!!!
> /Magnus Hellström, warden at Ottenby Bird Observatory,
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> ===
> Nate Swick
> Nate Swick
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> he/him
> On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 11:29 AM Nate Dias <carolinabirds...>
> <mailto:<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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> "These days I prefer to hunt with a camera.  A good photograph
> demands more skill from the hunter, better nerves and more
> patience than the rifle shot."    -- Bror Blixen

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