27 Feb 2023


As part of a long term project I was out with the SCAN ringing group at Rhos-on-Sea a couple of weekends  back canon netting wintering waders  - in particular Turnstone. We've been colour flagging these for a number of years and the aim was to fit more flags on any Turnstone caught. 

A successful morning with a total catch of 112 birds comprising a few Oyster catchers and Redshanks and a good number of Turnstones. Some of which we'd 'flagged' in previous years. One of the re-trap Turnstones was first ringed in 2005 - imagine the kilometres its flown back and from its Arctic breeding grounds during that time. 

Redshank having total head & bill measurement taken

Above & below : Turnstone flags

The beach at Rhos - on - Sea was quite busy with people walking and enjoying the February sunshine. Our ringing activities generated a lot of interest and we had a constant stream of people coming up to see what we were doing. It's brilliant engaging with members of the public and showing them birds in the hand - especially the children. At times I feel this public engagement is almost as important as the data we are collecting

All in all a great mornings work.

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