Monday, 30 November 2009
"Check out the footage above and see if you can locate any Colour Ringed Birds, if so, answeres on a post card or post a comment"
Had a good sitting at the run off of the tide today at Leigh Sands. As the first flocks of Dunlin came in I noticed a Purple Sandpiper amongst them. Knot were flocking up in their usual "smoke cloud" like formation, there was around 2000+ flying in the area with 700+ birds comming in to the feeding area. I noticed 7 colour ringed birds, all as they came in to land with the colour rings visible as they dropped their legs as they came in to land. I could only get 3 full readings. This was due to the fact the birds were very active and were in the water a lot of the time, also very mobile and flighty due to a Peregrine in the area.
Todays readings are as follows:
Blue colour ring over red colour Ring, Right Leg
Red colour ring over yellow colour ring over red colour ring Left leg
Yellow Flag over white colour ring over green colour ring, Right Leg
Yellow colour ring Left leg,
Red colour ring over red flag ring over blue colour ring, right leg, I was unable to the details of the left leg due to the birds position and I then lost in flight shortly afterwards.
I suspect that these birds are apart of the ringing programmes in the Netherlands or Mauritania and of the Race Islandica and Cantus. I have sent the details off to the relevant contact in the Netherlands. I also had a Norwegian bird today but couldn't read the flag ring details. Now awaiting confirmation of details from over-seas.
Bar Tailed Godwit 4
Grey Plover 90+