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.