Colour Ringing and Tagging

RINGING AND TAGGING RESEARCH

COLOUR RINGING

Ornithologist Tony Cross has been working with volunteers over the past three years to colour ring curlew at their pre-breeding roosting site at Dolydd Hafren.  Over a hundred birds have now been ringed.  Charting the whereabouts of these birds helps to build up a better national picture of curlew behavior and an understanding of their needs. A good number of these colour ringed curlew are breeding in the Scheme area.

Please report other colour ring sightings and if possible readings to Tony: tony.cross@virgin.net

or the BTO colour ring reporting  website: https://app.bto.org/euring/lang/pages/rings.jsp?country=EN

as soon as possible, to help update the much needed research on curlew movement and activity.

SATELLITE TAGS                                                                      

Dolly with mate in the Forest of Bowland

Dolly with mate in the Forest of Bowland

Whilst colour ringing, Tony and David managed to successfully fit satellite tags to two female birds. Tags kindly donated by Ecology Matters.  We have named our tagged birds Dolly and Fran. Dolly has made her way up to the Forest of Bowland AONB where the RSPB have run a wader project since 2001.  The local project officer spied her with a mate nesting in 2016, but soon afterwards we had firm reports of her on the coast of Counties Waterford and Wexford in Southern Ireland, which means that it is likely that her nest failed. She is back again this year nesting in the almost identical place.

Fran was last spotted around Hay on Wye in 2016 but has gone quiet and we have not heard more.

Look for our news to see updates.   Follow these links for more information:
Blog ‘Ruffled Feathers’ by Tony Cross
Forest of Bowland RSPB website

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