Over the last few days the first arrivals of passage/wintering Twite have been present at Heysham Harbour. This morning finally saw weather that was suitable for a catching attempt.
Three whoosh net operations resulted in the capture of 21 Linnet (including 4 retraps), 14 Goldfinch (including 5 retraps and one colour ringed control from Walney Island, which I understand was ringed there on 29/09/2013) and 9 Twite comprising 5 new birds, 2 retraps and 2 controls.
The Twite controls consisted of another individual ringed at Machrihanish Bird Observatory in autumn 2012 and a returning bird ringed on Sanda Island (04/07/2012).
The 5 new birds were the first to be ringed under our own colour scheme that identifies each individual. An example of the arrangement is illustrated here:
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