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)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Destination Iceland

Up to 2000 Black-tailed Godwits have been recorded regularly on the coastal lagoons this spring, many of them resplendent in summer plumage. On March 31st Richard  identified six colour ringed birds from the Eric Morecambe Hide. We have now got the details of these . All six were  colour ringed in Iceland either as breeding adults or as nestlings.  Five of them had been reported in winter  mainly on the Dee or Ribble Estuaries  but one had wintered in one winter in Waterford Ireland.

These six now brings the total Black-tailed Godwits colour ringed in Iceland and sighted in our area to 23. Many of them have been seen on several occasions and several have been reported back in Iceland. Large numbers remained in the area until late April leaving behind a few  apparently non breeding birds mainly young birds still in winter plumage.



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