Sunday, 14 April 2013

Black-tailed Godwit - Y8GL

I met up with a friend from Scotland this morning, who was over in NI visiting family.

Ben Herschell is secretary of Tay Ringing Group and a fellow gull ringer, so we set off in search of colour-rings.

After a bit of searching we finally caught up with some colour-ringed birds, in the form of a Light-bellied Brent Goose and Common Gull, at Millisle, Co. Down.

As the tide was almost fully in, we set off towards the RSPB reserve at Belfast Harbour which gets inundated with birds, pushed off the mudflats, looking for a safe haven to roost.

Scanning the flock of Black-tailed Godwits on the far side of the reserve, we managed to pick out two birds which had been colour-ringed.

I sent the details off this afternoon and within an hour got word back from Pete Potts.

One of the birds we saw (Yellow/8, Green/Lime) was originally ringed in Siglufjordur in northern Iceland as an adult female on 10 July 2012.

Many thanks to Pete to getting back to me so quickly and passing on this fantastic photograph of Y8GL being ringed last summer.

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