Twas my Wife's birthday today, so the day would be totally devoted to wherever she wanted to go. She decided on the Lake District and Bowness-on-Windermere.... a lovely drive, stroll around the shops, tea out....etc. What wasn't in the script was an adult Whooper Swan coming to bread at Bowness lakeside which frustratingly only bore a metal ring on the left leg and no darvic ring on the other. It took an eternity for the bird to finally stand out of the water enabling me to read the BTO ring: W19800D.
31/12/2008 Update: Details kindly supplied by Kane Brides. The metal ring was placed on the bird at Bowness-on-Windermere on 02/10/2005. The bird remained at Bowness-on-Windermere during 2006 & 2007 but disappeared in the spring and summer of 2008. The bird did however fly back into Bowness on 01/11/2008. I caught this bird on 03/12/2008 and added a yellow darvic ring - U7Z.