On the beach

Great result for the combined ringers and cannon-netters who managed to trap, ring and release approximately 800 Knot and smaller numbers of Sanderling and Dunlin over the high tide off the Green Beach today.

The main target of the exercise was to colour ring/flag Knot, and after last year’s attempts which resulted in a much smaller catch, today the experts had full holding boxes and very busy ringing pliers!

Catch you later “VCV”.

With a three hour deadline before release, the team worked in an industrious, efficient production line.

Much like a flock of feeding waders on Ainsdale beach really.

BTO ring, colour ring and flag, then measurement, weighing, logging and release.

This year the Knot have green colour rings and above that an orange/red flag bearing three letters on the left leg – these should be easily visible through any decent ‘scope for wader watchers the world over. BTO silver ring on the right leg of course.

I’m assuming most of the Knot were second year birds, with some showing more peachy colour than others.

Here’s a couple of pics for the moult freaks out there…

Thanks to the ringers who converged from Bangor Uni in Wales, Leeds Uni and all over the north west, including the South West Lancs Ringing Group (Hey Ian! Hey Jack!) to successfully carry out the catch, and co-operated so closely with Green Sefton in the organisation and on the day.

Always more difficult observing Covid-19 safety measures but it went smoothly.

Thanks to other beach users who steered clear of this section of the coastal Site of Special Scientific Interest during the day.

And special thanks to Dave Bickerton for letting Helen, one of the Green Sefton coastal team, release one of the Sanderlings (Helen was made up Dave, cheers).

Great to see you all again, great to see so many of these colour-ringed globe-trotters getting off safely. I look forward to hearing of their travels.

*If you come across one of the colour-ringed Knot, let me know, but also log it with the BTO online or use the International Wader Study Group pages.

One thought on “On the beach

  1. My first Holly Blues of the year in the garden at Dempsey Towers today, although to be fair, they probably spend more time out there than I do at this time of year! Anyone else seeing anything?


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