Whilst not our primary objective, we have been happy to receive data from the three residents which have provided an interesting contrast to their migratory counterparts. Jack and Charlie were both tagged on Islay in March. Jack turned out to be a migrant and moved to Western Russia; he has covered a distance of 2875 km in the seven months since we caught him. Charlie, on the other hand, stayed to spend the summer on Islay and has covered a mere 240 km by comparison.
|Charlie has covered just 240km since March|
The advice to shooters who wish to minimise their impact on our resident birds, is to refrain from shooting woodcock at least until the majority of the migrants have arrived. The influxes of European birds then far outnumber our residents, and reduce the chances of native birds being shot.