Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2009
A post on a local forum by Oliver Smart reported that he'd found Yellow 22 on Tadham Moor on the Somerset Levels - some 50 miles west of our re-introduction site on Salisbury Plain - at 10:35 today. He was doing a WeBS count and found our bird "feeding quite happily on short grass below the River Brue".
Yellow 22 was released on the Plain in 2005. At this time of year our free-flying birds routinely disperse from Salisbury Plain to winter elsewhere. The typical distance seems to be up to 50m/80 km south/west to, especially, Dorset and Somerset. This sighting follows an earlier report of one of our birds being seen near Oxfordshire.