Although we have caught and ringed relatively few birds on Skokholm in the last two years there have been some great controls and this latest one is no exception. Fairly few ringed Willow Warblers are ever seen again so to have our third control is a pretty good percentage.
This one was ringed on Cape Clear off southern Ireland on 23rd June 2011 as a recently fledged youngster and may have been raised on the island or on the mainland nearby. We re-caught it on Skokholm as part of a group of passage birds on 11th April weighing a good 9.7 grams. At a guess it was well on its way back to southern Ireland having been well down into Africa for the winter.