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)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A Colour Ringed Greenshank

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.
Thanks to Janet Dewhirst for the photo.

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.


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