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 October 2013

New Twite Colour Combinations

Hopefully, Twite will begin arriving on passage at Heysham Harbour very soon.  Colour ringing that has been undertaken here since 2002 will be continuing.  From now onwards however, a new scheme of site colour plus numbered colour rings will be utilised such that each bird will be uniquely identified.
The combination for this winter will be:  Right Leg below tarsal joint – Pale Blue over BTO Metal,  Left Leg below tarsal joint – White with dark engraved number between 1 and 99.
Sightings where the colours only are recorded will be attributable to Site and Season, but individual birds will be identifiable too if the numbers can be read (by telescope, digital camera etc) so I urge everyone to keep their eyes open for Twite wearing colour rings and report any combinations, and hopefully engraved numbers to Alan Draper.
All sightings will of course be eagerly awaited whether or not the colour ring numbers are known.  There will also hopefully be birds wearing the colour combinations from previous seasons (Right Leg: BTO Metal,  Left Leg: Pale Blue over a two-colour striped ring) and sightings of any of these are also very welcome.
Thank you in advance.

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