A colour ringed Greenshank has frequented the Eric Morecambe Pool at RSPB Leighton Moss since June 26th. It was ringed by the Highland RG on the breeding grounds in Sutherland on June 4th. Ron Summers reports that it was an unsuccessful breeder which probably accounts for it quick move away from the breeding area. It will be interesting to see how long it stays and if it remains on the pools to moult. It was also fitted with a geolocater which if it can be trapped again next year should tell the full story of its migration and wintering area.
This is the second colour ringed Greenshank to visit the Eric Morecambe Pool. The previous one was ringed as a juvenile in Aberdeenshire in September 2007 . It spent the following winter in Donegal Ireland. But it appeared on the Eric Morecambe Pool on 21st June 2008 and moulted there until late August. In 2009 it returned on 28th June and again moulted there being last recorded on 20th of August. It will be interesting to see if the present one follows a similar route.