Summary of all Ringing Recoveries for Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

This page presents information on recoveries of Oystercatcher that have been ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland. The map shows all records of birds ringed in Britain & Ireland and recovered abroad (purple) and birds ringed abroad and recovered in Britain & Ireland (orange).
The table then summarises the number of birds that have moved between different counties of Britain & Ireland and between other countries and then gives a selection of recoveries. First are listed the number of birds found in each county, then the number of birds ringed in each county. In the next two columns are listed the number of birds ringed abroad and found in Britain & Ireland and then the number of birds ringed in Britain & Ireland and found abroad.

A selection of recoveries are given in full because they represent particularly long-lived birds (the national longevity is indicated with a link to details of this record), birds which have moved a long distance within Britain and Ireland, birds which have gone to, or come from countries with few such recoveries, or because few birds of this species have been recovered, or because the report has been flagged as interesting, usually from having moved a long distance in a small number of days. NOTE: For some sensitive species, co-ordinates may be inaccurate (by up to 5km) in which case they are preceded by a c. or witheld. In this case the county is given, in a small number of cases this too may be inaccurate. For birds that have moved more than 20km a link is provided to a map showing ringing and finding locations. Ringing location is marked by a blue (R), finding locations are numbered in sequence, if there are more than ten finding locations, subequent markers will be labelled (x). Finding markers are coloured red for birds found dead and green for birds seen alive, for those where this is not known the marker will be white. If a bird is found multiple times at the same site only one marker will be visible.

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For longevity and distance records an individual is only included once, for reports to and from countries an individual may be reported multiple times, particulary if it bears a colour mark or other means of identification in the field. Some older (mostly foreign) recoveries are also included where these were received in the year reported on. For full details of how these birds have been selected click here.

For other information, have a look at the BirdFacts page for Oystercatcher


Number of birds ringed or recovered in counties of Britain & Ireland, or countries overseas

County Ringed in Found in Country Ringed in Found in
Clare 0 15 Bay of Biscay 0 1
Cork 22 27 Bear Island 0 1
Donegal 5 18 Belgium 8 10
Dublin 23 15 Channel Islands 5 7
Galway 0 8 Denmark 3 39
Kerry 1 15 English Channel and Irish Sea 28 11
Limerick 0 1 Estonia 1 0
Louth 0 8 Faroe Islands 35 407
Mayo 8 11 Finland 0 2
Meath 0 2 France 12 413
Sligo 0 1 Germany 4 32
Waterford 3 19 Greenland 0 3
Wexford 14 21 Iceland 88 161
Wicklow 0 3 Morocco 0 4
Angus & Dundee 161 200 North Atlantic Ocean (other parts) 0 3
Argyll 32 112 North Sea 1 26
Anglesey 714 1,004 Norway 205 1,135
Avon 1 4 Poland 1 0
Ayrshire 10 37 Portugal 0 10
Buckinghamshire 1 0 Russian Federation 1 9
Bedfordshire 1 0 Spain 0 26
Berkshire 1 1 Sweden 1 11
Borders 45 45 The Netherlands 54 400
Badenoch & Strathspey 237 259
Cambridgeshire 3 5
Ceredigion 23 23
Caernarfonshire 3,681 3,076
Cheshire & Wirral 277 155
Carmarthenshire 425 293
Cornwall 104 62
Caithness 12 36
Cumbria 777 609
Cleveland 192 95
Clyde Islands 11 20
Clyde 63 51
Derbyshire 1 3
Denbighshire 157 93
Dorset 131 70
Dumfries & Galloway 264 257
Durham 170 82
Devon 505 376
Essex 22 26
East Yorkshire 11 26
Fair Isle 136 72
Upper Forth 5 16
Fife 137 133
Flintshire 359 93
Gloucestershire 8 3
Glamorgan 336 251
Gwent 12 7
Hampshire 155 62
Herefordshire 0 1
Isle of Man 51 46
Inverness 2,513 2,340
Isle of Wight 0 1
Kent 25 36
Lancashire & North Merseyside 281 374
Lochaber 14 21
Leicestershire & Rutland 3 2
Lincolnshire 1,680 1,004
London 0 3
Lothian 114 89
Meirionnydd 3 19
Montgomeryshire 0 1
Moray & Nairn 310 326
Isle of May 37 19
North-east Scotland 255 438
Norfolk 2,368 1,776
Northumberland 18 49
North Yorkshire 46 53
Orkney 287 441
Pembrokeshire 208 144
Perth & Kinross 59 107
Ross & Cromarty 1,897 1,954
Shropshire 2 0
East Sussex 4 3
Shetland 239 287
Isles of Scilly 2 4
Suffolk 82 81
Skye & Lochalsh 0 9
Somerset 7 5
Surrey 0 3
Sutherland 340 303
West Sussex 0 8
South Yorkshire 1 2
Antrim 1 18
Belfast 87 29
Down 37 43
Londonderry 3 3
Tyrone 0 1
Breconshire 0 1
Outer Hebrides 114 125
Warwickshire 1 0
West Midlands 0 2
Wiltshire 1 0
West Yorkshire 2 2
TOTALS 20,156 17,892 TOTALS 447 2,711

Foreign location of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland:

Colour of location: Ringed in Britain & Ireland, Found Here; Ringed Here, Found in Britain & Ireland

A selection of interesting recoveries:

The longevity record for this species is: 40 years 1 month 2 days set in 2010 (Full details).
The following birds are the oldest reported from Wales
DKC First-year 26-07-1962    Amager: 55°37'N 12°34'E (København) Denmark
488992 Unknown  (ring only) 18-09-2002    Western Court, Bishop's Sutton, near Winchester: 51°4'N 1°8'W (Hampshire)   1,040km   WSW   40y 1m 23d  (Map)
FS29781 Second-year 28-05-1972    Heacham: c. 52°54'N 0°28'E (Norfolk)
Caught by ringer 26-09-1980    Holme-next-the-Sea: 52°57'N 0°31'E (Norfolk)   9km   NNE   8y 3m 29d 
Caught by ringer 23-07-2005    Ken Hill, Heacham: 52°53'N 0°27'E (Norfolk)   2km   33y 1m 25d 
Caught by ringer 08-03-2008    Heacham: 52°53'N 0°27'E (Norfolk)   3km   35y 9m 9d 
Dead 18-09-2008    Snettisham: 52°51'N 0°26'E (Norfolk)   5km   36y 3m 21d 
FV28045 First-year 05-09-1975    Terrington, King's Lynn: 52°47'N 0°17'E (Norfolk)
Caught by ringer 12-07-1991    Heacham: 52°53'N 0°27'E (Norfolk)   14km   NE   15y 10m 7d 
Dead 25-12-2010    Snettisham: 52°52'N 0°27'E (Norfolk)   14km   NE   35y 3m 20d 
ED00745 First-year 13-08-1967    Snettisham: 52°52'N 0°29'E (Norfolk)
Caught by ringer 01-08-2000    Friskney New Marsh: 53°3'N 0°13'E (Lincolnshire)   27km   NW   32y 11m 19d 
Caught by ringer 07-09-2002    Wainfleet Marsh: 53°5'N 0°17'E (Lincolnshire)   26km   NNW   35y 0m 25d  (Map)

The following birds moved the greatest distance within Britain & Ireland (more than 100km):
3018911 Nestling 06-07-1957    Fetlar: 60°36'N 0°49'W (Shetland)
Dead (16-11-1957)  near Millbrook: 50°20'N 4°13'W (Cornwall)   1,161km   SSW   0y 4m 10d  (Map)
FV42847 Adult 07-08-1978    Camel Estuary, Wadebridge: 50°31'N 4°50'W (Cornwall)
Freshly dead 22-04-1984    Unst: 60°43'N 0°55'W (Shetland)   1,158km   NNE   5y 8m 15d  (Map)
FS61882 Adult 15-08-1976    A39 Between Wadebridge And, St Columb: 50°29'N 4°53'W (Cornwall)
Long dead  (predated) 27-08-1977    Uyea, North Roe: 60°36'N 1°24'W (Shetland)   1,147km   N   1y 0m 12d  (Map)
FV63662 Adult 18-02-1983    Dawlish Warren, Exe Estuary: 50°37'N 3°25'W (Devon)
Long dead  (hit by car) 01-06-1986    near Baltasound, Unst: c. 60°44'N 0°52'W (Shetland)   1,137km   N   3y 3m 14d  (Map)
SS95313 Second-year 14-08-1972    A39 Between Wadebridge And, St Columb: 50°29'N 4°53'W (Cornwall)
Dead  (leg only) 29-03-1978    Eshaness area: 60°29'N 1°34'W (Shetland)   1,132km   N   5y 7m 15d  (Map)

The following birds ringed in Wales have been found abroad (countries with 5 or fewer such recoveries):
FR75191 Nestling 16-06-1985    Holland, St Ola: 58°59'N 2°54'W (Orkney)
Freshly dead  (shot) 15-08-1985    Baie de Bourgneuf: 47°4'N 2°13'W (Bay of Biscay) Bay of Biscay   1,325km   S   0y 1m 30d  (Map)
SS95708 Adult 19-01-1969    South End, Walney: 54°5'N 3°17'W (Cumbria)
Long dead 11-06-1977    No Name on Sites Table: 74°30'N 19°18'E (Bear Island) Bear Island   2,490km   NNE   8y 4m 23d 
Caught by ringer 18-12-1971    Sheep Island, near Walney Island: 54°3'N 3°12'W (Cumbria)   9km   SE   2y 10m 29d 
SS77768 Second-year 05-07-1969    Heacham: 52°53'N 0°27'E (Norfolk)
Unknown 15-07-1979    Seglinge, Kumlinge: 60°12'N 20°40'E (Aland) Finland   1,478km   ENE   10y 0m 10d  (Map)
FA47370 Adult 10-01-1993    Terrington Bund: 52°49'N 0°17'E (Norfolk)
Freshly dead (02-06-1994)  Oro Island, Dragsfjard District: 59°48'N 22°21'E (Turku-Pori) Finland   1,562km   ENE   1y 4m 23d  (Map)
FS87761 Second-year 14-01-1975    Brownsea Island: 50°41'N 1°58'W (Poole)
Freshly dead  (shot) 15-04-1979    Site Confidential (Greenland) Greenland   2,956km   WNW   4y 3m 1d  (Map)
FR92351 Adult 03-10-1990    Dawlish Warren, Exe Estuary: 50°37'N 3°25'W (Devon)
Freshly dead  (shot) 06-04-1998    Ammassivik, Nanortalik District: 60°36'N 45°22'W (Greenland) Greenland   2,841km   WNW   7y 6m 3d  (Map)
FV50652 Adult 08-08-1979    Terrington, King's Lynn: 52°47'N 0°15'E (Norfolk)
Freshly dead  (shot) (20-08-1991)  Kangerlussuaq: 68°15'N 32°0'W (Greenland) Greenland   2,433km   NW   12y 0m 12d  (Map)
SS48164 Nestling 09-06-1969    Skokholm: 51°41'N 5°17'W (Pembrokeshire)
Freshly dead  (shot) 22-10-1972    No Name on Sites Table: 32°36'N 9°6'W (Morocco) Morocco   2,145km   S   3y 4m 13d  (Map)
AT83155 Full-grown 17-08-1962    Holbeach Marsh: 52°54'N 0°3'E (Lincolnshire)
Freshly dead  (shot) 16-12-1962    No Name on Sites Table: 33°49'N 7°10'W (Morocco) Morocco   2,198km   SSW   0y 3m 29d  (Map)
3011851 Nestling 01-07-1958    Scolt Head NNR: 52°59'N 0°41'E (Norfolk)
Long dead 26-12-1958    Imsouane: 31°0'N 9°49'W (Morocco) Morocco   2,588km   SSW   0y 5m 25d  (Map)
FA18229 Adult 31-03-1991    Fasque, Fettercairn: 56°52'N 2°35'W (Aberdeenshire)
Sick (05-08-1995)  No Name on Sites Table: 32°16'N 9°15'W (Morocco) Morocco   2,782km   SSW   4y 4m 5d  (Map)
SS61927 Adult 28-12-1967    Dawlish Warren: 50°36'N 3°26'W (Devon)
Long dead  (leg only) (15-07-1970)  No Name on Sites Table: 55°5'N 8°30'W (North Atlantic Ocean) North Atlantic Ocean (other parts)   605km   NNW   2y 6m 17d  (Map)
FS00459 Adult 23-11-1969    Roosecote, Barrow-in-Furness: 54°5'N 3°11'W (Cumbria)
Freshly dead  (predated) 06-07-1978    near Coast of Sutherland, Old County Code Gb99: c. 58°36'N 4°18'W (North Atlantic Ocean) North Atlantic Ocean (other parts)   505km   N   8y 7m 13d  (Map)
FR63383 Second-year 06-02-1988    Greencastle: 54°37'N 5°53'W (Belfast)
Unknown c. 20-01-1993    Exact Location Unknown: 62°0'N 7°4'W (North Atlantic Ocean) North Atlantic Ocean (other parts)   822km   N   4y 11m 14d  (Map)

The following birds ringed abroad have been found in Wales (countries with 5 or fewer such records):
CIJ Full-grown 31-01-1994    le Hocq: 49°10'N 2°3'W (Jersey) Channel Islands
D3546 Freshly dead  (hit by car) 11-04-1994    Oldmeldrum: 57°19'N 2°18'W (Aberdeenshire)   908km   N   0y 2m 11d  (Map)
CIJ Adult 05-11-1986    le Hocq: 49°10'N 2°4'W (Jersey) Channel Islands
E3758 Dead (24-07-1990)  Island of Raasay, Inner Hebrides: 57°23'N 5°59'W (Highland)   950km   NNW   3y 8m 19d  (Map)
CIJ Adult 05-11-1986    le Hocq: 49°10'N 2°4'W (Jersey) Channel Islands
E3774 Caught by ringer 23-03-1991    Fasque, Fettercairn: 56°52'N 2°35'W (Aberdeenshire)   857km   N   4y 4m 18d  (Map)
CIJ First-year 13-02-1985    L'etacq: 49°13'N 2°13'W (Jersey) Channel Islands
E3358 Long dead 05-02-1989    Cottage, The: 54°56'N 3°11'W (Cumbria)   637km   N   3y 11m 23d  (Map)
CIJ Adult 13-03-1986    le Hocq: 49°10'N 2°3'W (Jersey) Channel Islands
E3537 Dead  (hit by car) 23-04-1994    Crossapol, Tiree: 56°28'N 6°53'W (Argyll and Bute)   875km   NNW   8y 1m 10d  (Map)
DKC First-year 10-07-1969    Langli, Ho Bugt, Vadehavsoerne: 55°31'N 8°19'E (Ribe) Denmark
442448 Caught by ringer 30-01-1971    Downs Farm: 52°55'N 0°29'E (Norfolk)   585km   WSW   1y 6m 20d  (Map)
DKC Adult 15-05-1958    Saltholm: 55°37'N 12°46'E (København) Denmark
482033 Dead 31-03-1963    Great Clacton: 51°47'N 1°8'E (Essex)   874km   WSW   4y 10m 16d  (Map)
DKC First-year 26-07-1962    Amager: 55°37'N 12°34'E (København) Denmark
488992 Unknown  (ring only) 18-09-2002    Western Court, Bishop's Sutton, near Winchester: 51°4'N 1°8'W (Hampshire)   1,040km   WSW   40y 1m 23d  (Map)
SUM Adult 03-06-1962    Liia Island, Matsalu, National Park: 58°43'N 23°46'E Estonia
M99843 Alive  (colour marks seen) 02-01-1964    No Name on Sites Table: 50°33'N 3°27'W (Devon)   1,965km   WSW   1y 6m 30d  (Map)
DFH Nestling 15-07-1912    Insel Sylt: 54°55'N 8°19'E (Nordfriesische Inseln) Germany
672 Unknown 01-03-1922    Whitchurch, Cardiff: 51°30'N 3°12'W (Cardiff)   857km   WSW   9y 7m 14d  (Map)
DFH Nestling 26-07-1973    Amrum: 54°39'N 8°21'E (Nordfriesische Inseln) Germany
480396 Dead 20-02-1987    Scolt Head Island: 52°59'N 0°44'E (Norfolk)   533km   WSW   13y 6m 25d  (Map)
DDH Nestling 16-06-1975    Langenwerder, Insel Poel: 54°1'N 11°30'E (Mecklenburg - Vorpommern) Germany
401709 Caught by ringer 12-06-1976    Wainfleet: 53°4'N 0°15'E (Lincolnshire)   751km   W   0y 11m 27d  (Map)
DFH Adult 17-09-1978    Helgoland: 54°10'N 7°55'E (Helgoland) Germany
455434 Caught by ringer 09-09-1986    Friskney: 53°3'N 0°15'E (Lincolnshire)   521km   WSW   7y 11m 23d  (Map)
NOS Nestling 02-06-2007    Garte, Risor: 58°43'N 9°7'E North Sea
5130025 Caught by ringer 11-08-2010    Wainfleet Marsh: 53°4'N 0°17'E (Lincolnshire)   832km   SW   3y 2m 9d  (Map)
PLG First-year 30-08-1985    Vistula Mouth, Swibno: 54°19'N 18°55'E (Pomorskie) Poland
EA00103 Caught by ringer 15-11-1985    Brownsea Island: 50°41'N 1°58'W (Poole)   1,469km   WSW   0y 2m 16d  (Map)
SUM Nestling 24-06-1967    Kandalaksha: 67°1'N 32°34'E (Murmansk Oblast) Russian Federation
E622701 Dead 15-09-1967    Salthouse: 52°57'N 1°4'E (Norfolk)   2,325km   SW   0y 2m 22d  (Map)
SVS Nestling 19-06-1969    Galtabacks Hamn, Tvaaker: 57°1'N 12°19'E (Halland) Sweden
8021703 Caught by ringer 29-08-1969    Dawsmere, Holbeach Marsh: 52°50'N 0°7'E (Lincolnshire)   906km   WSW   0y 2m 10d  (Map)