Saturday, 5 September 2015

High Tides and Blustery N. Westerlies



An influx of Wheatears always good to see and they keep the hopes of finding something a little different. Pied Wagtails and the reappearance of Rock Pipits were the best I found along the strand line.



Plenty of these sadly none of the short-tailed variety (or the adult spotty form  ... like the one at South Shields).


High tides changed the appearance of the Ponteland pool (Hauxley).


This bird I believe was ringed in Scotland but I'm waiting to find out more details.



Today I received detail of the Sandwich Tern in the background. Photographed 15th July 2015 at East Chevington.

The Sandwich Tern you photographed RED KAN was ringed (DK38951) at Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, Ceredigion, West Wales on 25th August 2013 as an adult. It was one of the first handful of birds ringed as part of a colour-ringing project to study tern passage through the estuary. The previous year we caught nearly 100 but since registering the scheme we have been unable to repeat that initial success. No terns breed anywhere near the site so all birds are passing through and the numbers present, and how long they stay, vary greatly from one year to the next. Catching is also dependent on calm weather, high tides and good tern passage all coinciding! So far this year we have managed to colour-ring another 28 birds but the numbers have been low and the weather unhelpful. Results from the first ten or so birds have been encouraging so hopefully we will get a few more sightings now from these new additions. 

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