Oldest [known] Wild Bird in Britain

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Subject: Oldest [known] Wild Bird in Britain
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 22:08:52 +1000
Laurie Knight wrote:

ornithological researchers have found a manx shearwater that they
> believe to be fifty years old [they determined its age when it was banded
> the fourth time - apparently it was first banded in 1957 when it was
> to be 5 years old].  They also estimate that the bird has flown 8 million
> kilometres  during that time, clocking up 800,000 of those km on its
> migration to South America.
> Not bad for a bird battling the elements in the wild.

Not bad for a bird battling a band either. How it never got hit by a
hailstorm in 50 years I'll never know.

Sorry all, I just couldn't resist that one ;-)

Cheers, AS

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