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Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings

Posted by pete marsh 
Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
March 04, 2015 12:12PM
Please could someone 'sticky' this. Thanks.

A lot of Grey Wagtails have been individually colour-ringed whilst on autumn migration through Heysham and Middleton nature reserves. When we first started this, we assumed that the vast majority were reasonably long-distant migrants. Whilst we have had some distant sightings, notably on Skokholm 10 days after ringing, many have spent the winter in the local area and all the breeding season sightings so far have been in south Cumbria. We ringed 162 in autumn 2014, courtesy of a good breeding season and calm September weather and so there should be a higher proportion than usual on territory his spring/summer

Please could you all look out for colour-ringed Grey Wagtails on e.g. the rivers and tributaries running into Morecambe Bay from the south lakes. Even part-reads will be of considerable interest, especially if on territory in the breeding season, when there is a chance to check it out for more detail. Please contact PMrsh123@aol.com or text 07532433043 as soon as possible after the sighting. Thanks

They will have a combination of red (2014) or pink (2015) and BTO metal (please note which way round) on the left leg and a variety of two-colour combinations on the right leg which allows them to be individually identified. There may be some older birds with white or pale blue rings accompanying the metal BTO ring on the left leg (e.g. currently wintering at Crook of Lune)

More detail Heysham Obs blogsite (see links)

Thanks very much.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 20/05/2016 08:39AM by pete marsh.
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
April 03, 2015 12:26PM
Latest: one Melrose sewage works on 25th March
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
April 08, 2015 08:12AM
Latest one on territory at Killington bridge on river lune
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
April 19, 2015 08:45PM
Latest sighting Marbury country park female seen with male on 17/4/15 - very unexpected potential breeding record?
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
April 22, 2015 06:03AM
Marbury country park bird still there paired up on 20/4
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
May 30, 2015 10:30AM
Latest one which has led to a lot of correspondence as it seems to have lost one of the right leg colour rings. Scotland's finest photographers will hopefully be attempting to read the metal ring so we can individualise it - because it has lost a ring it becomes "one of 17 birds ringed at Heysham or Middleton in autumn 2014!". It is about half way along the A702 between the M74 and Edinburgh at Fairliehope and definitely nesting and presumed to be the female. Thanks to all involved with this bird so far.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 30/05/2015 10:32AM by pete marsh.
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
September 18, 2015 11:37AM
We've passed the 50 mark for ringing Grey Wagtails already this autumn - better than I expected given the poor breeding season for a lot of species

If you are checking Grey Wagtails for colour rings and do come across one five things to bear in mind to help narrow it down to a particular bird:

a) telling PALE BLUE from WHITE a little tricky (changed now to a MEDIUM BLUE - see below)
b) please note whether LIME GREEN or DARK GREEN
c) as per above, please note whether MEDIUM BLUE or DARK BLUE
d) the same colour may have been used on both right leg rings so you might get the impression of a 'long' ring (of the same colour)
e) It is important to know which way round the metal and colour rings are on the left leg (as well as the two colour rings on the right leg) as Middleton NR is COLOUR over METAL and Heysham NR METAL over COLOUR using the same right leg colour combinations. Therefore a failure to note this means it could be one of two birds and therefore not possible to document.

We have ditched the problematic GREY and BLACK colour rings, not noticing one of these two colours almost certainly led to two birds not being individually identifiable last year, and have added what has been described as 'Barbie doll PINK'! This PINK been used as the site ring (on the left leg with the metal ring) replacing the RED site ring used last year which we used with every available combination of right leg colours as a result of the excellent passage

Please send any sightings to PMrsh123@aol.com as soon as possible so that there might be a possibility of re-connecting with the bird if there are any queries on the ring-reading. Thanks very much.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 18/09/2015 11:48AM by pete marsh.
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
October 22, 2015 11:45PM
There is a colour-ringed bird around Eagland Hill but no individually identifying details seen yet (seen 15/10/15) . Please keep an eye open. Thanks
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
April 07, 2016 07:55AM
Returns from last autumn's ringing so far have included birds at Etherow Country Park near Stockport, Stoke on Trent, Chester and Lunt Meadows near Seaforth

Now is the time to look for them on breeding territories - note that one of the birds caught last autumn was ringed as a nestling by the 5-gate road ford upper Roeburndale, so that does include local birds as well as e.g. south Lakes. Thanks

Don't forget to please inform us if you only catch a glimpse of a bird with a colour ring. It could easily be on territory and a follow-up visit with a scope could determine the full details. Thanks



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/04/2016 09:35AM by pete marsh.
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
May 18, 2016 08:12PM
A female with colour rings seen very briefly in upper Hindburndale this afternoon but it is not known exactly where its territory is between Stairend Bridge and the aqueduct on the Mill Beck tributary and we couldn't relocate it in the short time available

If you see it, please note the colour ring on left leg and whether it is above or below the metal ring. That will sort the ringing site (whether Heysham NR or Middleton NR) and the year of ringing out BUT................

............to identify the individual bird, need to know colour and position of the two colour rings on the right leg. Thanks in anticipation if you are up there
Re: Grey Wagtail colour ring sightings
September 23, 2016 08:20PM
Latest sighting a 2014 ringed bird identified as adult female at carsington water, Derbyshire on 28th August 2016
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