Getting home from work yesterday, I logged on to see what was going on in the world of blog. The weather has been pretty difficult locally, so there has been a lack of ringing lately, with the exception of a few nest boxes. It was great interest that I read Kane Bride's blog to read that he had caught a Sand Martin with a Portuguese ring. Given that we ringed almost 3000 birds in Portugal last August in Santo André only 49 where Sand Martins, caught with Swallows coming into roost, I was alerted to the possibility that it could have one of 'ours'.
With a little bit of checking, A310342 turned out to have been ringed on 28th August 2010 by us and has now been controlled by Kane at his site in Shakerley - not all that far away from us!
Thanks to Kane (I nicked the image) - this is a great record and the first Lisboa Sand Martin to the UK!!!