Barnacle Geese origins revealed

29th November 2010 – cold and frosty with another light dusting of snow, NE1/2
The results of the darvic ringed Barnacle Geese whose colour ring sequences were read over the weekend are already in – thanks are due to the prompt response from Larry Griffin at The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. ZAA and ZFD are male and female birds ringed on 31st July 2008 as adults on the Nordenskioldkytsten coast in Sptisbergen (3600km NNE). They were seen a couple of times at Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway on the Scottish side of the Solway last winter, and appear to be a pair, last being seen on 12th February 2010. CXL on the other hand was ringed on the Solway on 3rd November 2006 as a first-winter female and was last seen last winter on 11th March 2010 at Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway.