Back in September I posted on my visit to south-west Ireland and added some photos on a couple of first-year colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits at Roscarberry, Co Cork. They were part of a flock of c.500 birds, mainly first-years, and the two colour-ringed birds were observed in close proximity for several hours on 19th September. The rings are as follows:Bird 1 on left: Left leg - pale green over dark green Right leg - red over yellow flag
Bird 2 on right: Left leg - dark green over black Right leg - yellow over yellow flag
I scoured the internet and found several addresses for people who carried out Black-tailed Godwit ringing and sent off the details. Not having heard anything I rather gave up hope, but out of the blue I received an email this morning from a Peter Potts with details on the birds. Both birds, as suspected, were Icelandic, having been ringed there earlier in the year. Their ringing details are as follows:
Bird 1 on left: ringed in the southern lowlands of Iceland - details to follow.
Bird 2 on right: ringed on 1st July 2012 at Klettur, road 60 north of Kroksfjardarnes in NW Iceland at 65 28 976'N 21 56.631'W.
|Ringing site, photo P Potts|
|Ysbrand Galama and Dan Hoare, photo P Potts|
|Bird 2 in the hand, photo P Potts|
|1700km from ringing site to where I saw it in Ireland|