13th June: Great Yarmouth Little Tern found on Lindisfarne NNR
A little tern was recently found dead on the strandline of the Reserve, with no visible signs of injury or illness. The bird had been ringed, so the details were sent to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) who were able to tell us that it was ringed as a nestling in 1998 at Great Yarmouth, meaning it was almost 16 years old. According to the BTO website their typical lifespan is 12 years and the oldest recorded recovery was 17 years 9 months and 28 days.
If you ever find a bird ring or a dead bird with a ring, please report this to the BTO as it provides interesting and useful information about the species. More information can be found at www.bto.org