Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ringed ... Ringed Plover

Thank you very much to Kjell Mork Soot. I emailed my sighting yesterday and received this vey rapid response.  I will add some of Kjell's other projects at the end of this post. Keep looking!

Thank you very much for taking the time to report to us details of the sighting of a flagged Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) This project is a collaboration between  Giske Ornithologiocal Station  (=OS) (run by Sunnmøre RG), Revtangen OS and Jomfruland Bird Station.  Information about the bird and its movement is given below:

Ring no : Stavanger 8B45111
Yellow flag  NEH ( Left tarsus : metal ring . Left tibia red colour ring .Right tibia: yellow flag   engraved with three black letters NEH).
Age/sex: 1K / 1cy (hatched 2014).
Ringing date: 24.08.2014, 15  hrs.
Ringing place: Makkevika (62.30N-006.02E) Giske, Giske, Norway.
Controlled: 31.08.2014 , 22 hrs, same place. 0-0-7 (7 days after ringing.)
Remarks: Caught by mist net  at our wader station, Giske OS.
Ringer: Kjell Mork Soot / Sunnmøre Ringing Group.

Finding date:  07.10.2014, 15 hrs.
Observed : East Chevington (55.16N-001.34W) Northumberland, England / UK.
Distance : 914 km SSW.   Direction: 212  deg.
Time: 0-1-13. (1 month-13 days after ringing).
Remarks:  Photodocumented and telescoped.

So this bird hatched this year and has already travelled 914km ( including crossing the North Sea).

Little Stint still at Cresswell. Yesterday's high tides mean the water level is now very high and the causeway is flooded.

Remember I said no more chasing rarities. Don't believe everything you read in my blog!

Today I ventured to Newton. In search of a bird reported late yesterday six hours after the priveleged few were informed. Despite protestations on their websites, they too should be taken with a pinch of salt. As expected the bird failed to materialise but it made for a rewarding morning and an affirmation of ......

Back at Chevington and the Shorelark remained on the beach. The 'man flu' has hit the really annoying coughing stage, where the coughing causes a headache. I guess standing around in the cold will not help.

Kjell's other projects

We are colour ringing  waders and  passerines  in Norway   and at Svalbard  . I will mention the projects here:

Sunnmøre Ringing Group has been colour ringing the species mentioned below for some years. From season 2014 there is a colloboration between Sunnmøre Ringing Group (Giske Ornithologiocal Station )  (located in  northwestern Norway, 62.30N-006.02E),  Revtangen Ornithologiocal Station   (located in southwestern Norway, 58.45N-005.29E) and Jomfruland Bird Station (located in southeastern Norway, 58.52N-009.36E).

We hope, of course,  that you will look for flagged Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) ,  Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleuca) , Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) and Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) in the future ! All these species have red colour ring on left tibia and yellow flag on right tibia engraved with 3 black letters.

 Little Stint (Calidris minuta) : (Metal ring left tarsus. Red cr-ring above the metal ring. Right tarsus yellow ring engraved  with 3 black letters).

 Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) : yellow colour ring and orange  flag engraved with 3 black letters.

 Curlew (Numenius arquata) (mostly pullus)  : orange plain ring on left tibia and orange ring engraved with 3 black letters on right tibia.

Passerines: Rock Pipit  (Anthus petrosus), Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)  Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) , Stonechat (Saxicokla torquatus)  and Grashopper Warbler (Locustella  naevia)  with yellow ring engraved with 3 black letters on right tarsus. Dipper (Cinclus cinclus): lime (light green) ring on right tarsus with 3 black letters engraved.

Svalbard (Arctis Ocean) (Longyearbyen Feltbiologiske Forening / Norsk Polarinstitutt  in collaboration with Sunnmøre RG):
At Svalbard (Artic Ocean) we flag Purple Sandpiper (Calidris  maritima) :
 a) Longyearbyen: orange colour ring and light green (lime) flag with 3 black letters .
b)  Longyearbyen: orange colour ring and (dark) green flag with 3 white  letters.
c) Sørkappøya (South Cape Island) : yellow colour ring and orange flag, 3 black  letters .

We also have started to flag Dunlin (Calidris alpina)  at Svalbard: orange marker ring on left tibia, and orange flag engraved with 3 black letters on right tibia.

Summer 2012 we  also  started flagging  Common Ringed Plover  at Svalbard: Yellow marker ring at left tibia, and orange flag engraved with 3 black letters on right tibia.

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