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 firstname.lastname@example.org