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Black Tailed Godwit

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Black Tailed Godwit

Post by Paul » 10 May 2013, 17:15

At the end of April I was lucky enough to read colour rings on several Black Tailed Godwits on Benbecula & these were submitted through the usual channels & have just had results back from some of them of which the most interesting is:

Bird with Green ring on Right leg & Yellow/Orange & white rings on left leg

This is it's life history
13.08.10 Holbeach, the Wash estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
20.04.11 Vogalækur, Mýrar, W Iceland
25.04.11 Vogalækur, Mýrar, W Iceland
30.10.11 Morecambe, Lancashire, NW England
10.01.12 Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
11.04.12 Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
14.04.12 Grafarvogur, Reykjavík, SW Iceland
22.04.13 Loch Mor, Benbecula, Western Isles, W Scotland
26.04.13 Vogalækur, Mýrar, W Iceland
28.04.13 Vogalækur, Mýrar, W Iceland

What's even more remarkable is that it was still on Benbecula on 24th & left that night & was spotted in Iclend the day after it arrived

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Re: Black Tailed Godwit

Post by YvonneB » 13 May 2013, 23:04

Thanks for sharing the information Paul, fascinating. That's a really well travelled godwit and amazing that it was seen again so soon after you'd spotted it.

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