Three recent colour ringed sightings show unexpected movements.
An adult Dunlin ringed in North Wales at 23.40 on August 11 was sighted on the RSPB Eric Morecambe Complex of wader pools on the edge of Morecambe Bay. It had travelled ca 200 kms north in ca 40 hours. It remains there at present.
A recently fledged Lapwing ringed in May 2020 was sighted on the southern edge of Morecambe Bay in mid August this year a movement of 385 km NW.
An Avocet colour ringed before fledging on June 1 as part of Ian Hartley's study on the south of Morecambe Bay moved ca 25 km north along the Bay edge on 14th Julyto the Eric Morecambe pools. Seventeen days later it was sighted in Lincolnshire then seven days later at Stockton-on Tees. So quite a mobile youngster.
Greenfinch used to be one of the commonest birds caught at feeding stations, but numbers have declined over the last two decades due to the disease trichomonosis. Recent catches though suggest something of a recovery. Typical was a catch of 16 in two hours with a small net making it the commenest bird caught compared with just 11 Blue Tits. Increasing number have been reported from several local garden feeders. One reported that there had been no sightings of Greenfinch over the last two years, but this year they are"eating him out of house and home"!