Sunday, 20 March 2016

Ringed PFG & Other Bit's.

I've had no close encounters with Pink-footed Geese (PFG) this winter, and so have had no opportunities to check for collar marked birds. But on Thursday 10 March I found a PFG on Pilling Marsh with a metal ring on it's left leg. This was a double reward for me, not only was it my first marked PFG this winter, but it was my first ever ringed one, thinking all PFG were collar marked, I had no idea one could be seen with a ring on it's leg.

I was grateful to Kane Brides at WWT for forwarding the history of this bird to me, adding he was pleased to find this individual had been seen as it has only been reported eight times previous to mine and not for 5 years since 2011. This bird was first ringed as a juvenile male 16 years ago, White metal with Black letters TIF on 29 July 2000 at Oddkelsalda, Thjorsarver, Arness. C Iceland.

17 Dec 2000 Wards, Roseisle, Forres Moray, Dick Hewitt

18 Dec 2000 Wards, Roseisle, Forres Moray, Dick Hewitt

28 Dec 2003 Earlsmill, Brodie Nairn, Dick Hewitt

25 Jan 2004 Findatie area, Loch Leven Perth and Kinross, Iain Munro

22 Feb 2004 Turfhills area, Loch Leven Perth and Kinross, Iain Munro

27 March 2004 Gallow Hill area, Loch Leven Perth and Kinross, Iain Munro

09 Feb 2007 Cavelstone area, Loch Leven Perth and Kinross, Iain Munro

28 Feb 2011 Cocker's Dyke Lanc's, Chris Batty

10 March 2016 Pilling Marsh, Fylde Lanc's, Pete Woodruff


Black-tailed Godwit.

It was interesting to see the 20 year old BTG LR-Y//W found at Cockersands on 26 February, was seen at Newton Marsh 11 March, a clear indication of how these birds move around, and in this case a bird going further south from the Lune Estuary when it's likely to migrate north to Iceland in a matter of weeks.


It was good to have the first Stonechat back on territory in Bowland at Bloe Greet 13 March, thanks to JW for sending me this one. 

Migrant Dates.

Some of my migrant dates noted for the Lune Estuary in 2015 - all of which were late one's for me - for comparison arrival in 2016....

Wheatear C'sands 14 March
Sand Martin over Conder Pool 7 April
LRP (2) Conder Pool 7 April
House Martin C'sands 10 April
Swallow Glasson Dock 13 April
Chiffchaff Conder Green 13 April
Willow Warbler Conder Green 13 April
Whitethroat Conder Green 20 April
Curlew Sandpiper C'sands 20 April
Whinchat C'sands 8 May

Wot No Pic's!....But thanks to BD for the header of his Black-tailed Godwit at Salwick recently.


Martin Jump said...

Things are starting to move Pete,report of Ring Ouzel in Bowland.Blackbird building in old cabin on allotment.

Warren Baker said...

No Pics! getting as bad as me Pete! :-)