Friday, 27 January 2017

Colour ringed Turnstone - an update

Last Sunday, whilst in Scarborough, I spotted a colour ringed Turnstone feeding in the harbour. I sent off the details to the coordinator of the ringing project, and received a reply today. As I thought, the bird was one that had been ringed in Scarborough harbour back in February 2014, and one that I reported there in March 2014 and again in March 2016. Here's a photo of the bird in Scarborough in March 2016.

Yellow over Blue (March 2016)

This bird has been reported 18 times since it was ringed, all but once in Scarborough harbour. The only other location where it has been reported so far is Bridlington harbour on 19th October 2015. Interestingly, in 2014 and 2015 it was reported into July, whilst in 2016 it wasn't reported between March and the 30th August. Had it stayed around Scarborough in 2014 and 2015, before returning to its breeding grounds in 2016, or was it just not seen/reported in 2016? A sighting in the summer months away from Scarborough would be great to find out where this bird goes.

Here's a photo from last week.

Turnstone (yellow over blue), January 2016

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