Apr 092016
 

One of our group members, Alan Roman, has recently seen several colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit.

There were over 140 birds seen at Northward Hill on the islands in front of Gordon’s Hide, and one particular bird had the combination of green over orange on the right leg and blue over red on the left.   The red marker indicated to the ringing group at Farlington in Hampshire that it was one of “their” birds, ie., ringed by their team.  A precise of the history of this bird is set out below, from the date it was originally ringed on 15th October 2013, to Alan’s sighting at Northward Hill on 12th March 2016.

Black-tailed Godwit (© Sue Healey)

Black-tailed Godwit (© Sue Healey)

EY76554 N B+GO 15-Oct-13 Farlington Marshes LNR, Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth, Hampshire, S England Farlington RG – Pete Potts etal
EY76554 S B+GO 25-Oct-13 Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth, Hampshire,
EY76554 S B+GO 01-Nov-13 Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth, Hampshire,
EY76554 S B+GO 06-Dec-13 Cams Bay, Fareham, Portsmouth Harbour, Hampshire,
EY76554 S B+GO 14-Jan-14 Langstone Bridge, North Hayling, Langstone Harbour, Hampshire,
EY76554 S B+GO 15/08/14 Mistley Walls, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Essex,
EY76554 S B+GO 16/08/14 Stutton Mill, Stour Estuary, Suffolk,
EY76554 S B+GO 01/09/14 Mistley Walls, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Essex,
EY76554 S B+GO 01/09/14 Mistley Walls, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Essex,
EY76554 S B+GO 02/09/14 Stutton Mill, Stour Estuary, Suffolk,
EY76554 S B+GO 25/09/14 Mistley Walls, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Essex,
EY76554 S B+GO 25-Jan-15 Northney, Hayling Island, Chichester Harbour, Havant, Hampshire
EY76554 S B+GO 05-Feb-15 Langstone, Chichester Harbour, Havant, Hampshire,
EY76554 S B+GO 21-Mar-15 Motney Hill, Medway Estuary, Kent
EY76554 S B+GO 31-Oct-15 Paulsgrove Lake, Portchester, Portsmouth Harbour
EY76554 S B+GO 12-Mar-16 Cliffe RSPB reserve, Thames Estuary, N Kent,

Pete Potts, who runs the ringing station was able to confirm that the bird was hatched in Iceland and has been doing a migration back and forth each year since.

Alan added “It was amazing to see 140 Godwits from Gordon’s Hide.  At one point most of them were packed onto the two small islands in front of the hide.   I went down there again the next day at the same time before high tide and there was not one single Godwit!”

Which just goes to show that it’s all down to luck and being in the right place at the right time.

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