Saturday, 22 February 2014

Winter Projects to Keep you Busy?

Well if the birding is a little slow as you await the arrival of Wheatears and Martins take a closer look at the birds along the shore.

Colour-ringed projects include most of our wintering shorebirds. (Below are some notes sent to me by Kjell Mork Soot.)

We are ringing  waders at Svalbard (Longyearbyen Feltbiologiske Forening=LoFF) in co-operation with Norsk Polarinstitutt (NP), and in western Norway (Sunnmøre Ringing Group). I will mention the projects here:

This season we have  started cr-marking Little Stint . (Metal ring left tarsus. Usually red cr-ring over the metal ring. Right tarsus yellow ring engraved with 3 black letters).

We have also other projects.We hope, of course,  that you will look for flagged Common Ringed Plover, Grey Plover ,  Common Sandpiper  and  Curlew Sandpiper  in the future ! These species have red colour ring on left tibia   and yellow flag engraved with 3 black letters on  right tibia.

 We also flag Common Redshank with yellow colour ring left tibia and orange  flag engraved with 3 black letters on right tibia.

We colour ring  Curlew   : orange plain ring on left tibia and orange ring engraved with 3 black letters on right tibia.

And the passerines  Rock Pipit  (Anthus petrosus) , Waxwing (Bombicilla garrulus) , Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba) and Grashopper Warbler (Locustella naevia)  with yellow ring engraved with 3 black letters at right tarsus.

In addition a long running project studying Sanderling is monitored by Jeroen Reneerkens and the Black-headed Gulls monitored by Morten Helberg at email

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