BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Black-tailed Godwit.

Black-tailed Godwit YR-GY Flag. Courtesy of Böddi. 

I found my first marked Black-tailed Godwit at Cockersand last Thursday, it was feeding in a field by Abbey Farm with Curlew, the bird was marked as a chick on 4 July 2012 in NW Iceland, my sighting is only the third since then, it having been seen twice one week apart in Ireland....

YR-GYflag 04.07.12 Reykholar, NW Iceland
YR-GYflag 02.09.12 Rahasane Turlough, Co. Galway, W Ireland
YR-GYflag 09.09.12 Rahasane Turlough, Co. Galway, W Ireland
YR-GYflag 29.12.16 Lune Estuary, Cockersand, Lancashire, NW England

I'm grateful once again to Böddi my man in Iceland, for his prompt attention to the report of this Black-tailed Godwit, and for forwarding the history, also for the image of this bird which hasn't been seen since September 2012 a little over two months after it's ringing.

On the subject of waders....

Despite ongoing serious declines, waders like the Golden Plover, Snipe, and Woodcock are still on the shooting for fun list. A moratorium needs to be imposed to established if this level of shooting is sustainable. Personally I think it should be banned forthwith, but we'll leave that for another time. 

Perhaps you would take a look and sign a petition in place Here

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