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Ringed Purple Sandpiper.

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Stuart Taylor
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Ringed Purple Sandpiper.

Post by Stuart Taylor » 16 Apr 2013, 11:35

On February 20th I coincided my monitoring at Balranald with the arrival of some twitcher mates from Cheshire who had come to see the Harlequin duck now that it had reached almost celebrity status. During the 3 hour watch one of the guys spotted a Purple sandpiper with rings and a flag on it's legs as below..
Left Leg = Blue over Red.
Right Leg = Yellow flag, and possibly a metal ring.

Does anyone have any information on thsi bird or know anywhere else to look?
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Re: Ringed Purple Sandpiper.

Post by MisterT » 16 Apr 2013, 13:40

Hi Stuart

The man to contact with regards Purp's is Ron Summers. His email address is He was part of a project which colour ringed Purp's throughout northern Scotland between 2004/05 and 2008/09. The one you saw sounds like one of his. I will email you a summary of his project.

Not sure if the project is still running but I am sure he will be pleased to hear about one of his birds.

Hope this helps, if not, I have other suggestions.

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