Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Bar-tailed Godwit, DH, enjoys some midnight sun

Just a very quick one today, to mention our first Bar-tailed Godwit re-sighting outside Ireland. It turns out that this is also the furthest away that we’ve had a re-sighting!

Ringing and re-sighting locations for Bar-tailed Godwit, DH. 

While we managed to catch up with, and ring-read, 31 out of the 99 Bar-tailed Godwits (ringed 31st Jan, 2014) before they left Dublin Bay, DH wasn’t read until the 18th May, when it was photographed by Tomas Aarvak. Here’s a very dapper-looking DH in northern Norway, looking a lot more colourful than on the ringing day in January.

Bar-tailed Godwit, DH, in breeding plumage in Porsanger, 
Finnmark, Norway on 18th May, 2014. Tomas Aarvak 

It won’t be long now before we start to see waders, most likely failed breeders, returning from the north, and there are also quite a few of the colour-ringed Oystercatchers and Bar-tailed Godwits summering in Dublin. So, if you feel like getting out there to do some birding or ring-reading, your re-sightings would be greatly appreciated!

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