Over the last few weeks there have been several sightings of colour ringed birds. These include:
2 Knot ringed in Norway. Both had a yellow flag with 3 black letters. They were ringed in spring passage near Porsanger in Northern Norway
A total of 12 knot from the Waddensea have been seen at Heysham, Morecambe and Hest bank. Some have colourful life histories including one bird having been seen in the bay 3 years running with additional sightings in Norway.
1 Ringed Plover from Snettisham (Norfolk) which has been seen at Heysham for 3 winters running and also seen on its breeding ground every summer between.
1 Black tailed godwit is dominating the colour ring sightings in the area. Originally ringed in the UK at as yet unknown location was colour ringed in Iceland in May 2009. Since then it has been seen at Leighton Moss, on the Dee and various other sites in eastern side of Morecambe bay.
Many thanks to Tony Riden, John Wood and Pete Marsh for the sightings of Knot, Ringed plover and black tailed godwit. Also thanks to Jim Wilson for details of the Knot from Norway, NIOZ for the details of Dutch ringed birds and Pete Potts/Farlington Ringing Group for details of the Godwit.
As always sightings of colour ringed birds are hugely valuable for understanding the importance of the area for many species of birds.
NLRG was formed in 1957 to help in the study of birds in the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society area. There are currently 12 active ringers. Species currently being studied include: Pied Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Sand Martin, Twite, Goosander, Oystercatcher and Grey Wagtail. Migration has been studied for 28 years at Heysham. We welcome anyone who wants to observe, help or perhaps wish to become a ringer. Photo: A Heysham-ringed Twite on the Mull of Kintyre (thanks to Eddie Maguire)