Oldest [known] Wild Bird in Britain

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Subject: Oldest [known] Wild Bird in Britain
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Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 21:50:32 +1000
Seabirds are notoriously long lived.

Ironically, some of the more famous examples from Europe come in the form of
Black-browed Albatrosses. A single female returned annually to the Faeroe
Islands for 34 years up to 1894. Another bird turned up in the UK annually
from 1972 to 1987 then a bird believed to be the same bird turned up again
in 1990 for a few years - this bird would've been at least 20 years old.

While I was bird-banding at the Wash we caught an Oysercatcher that, if my
memory serves me correctly, was getting on for 30 years old.


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