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Turnstones: colour-ringing sightings wanted

Posted by andrewmcc 
Turnstones: colour-ringing sightings wanted
December 16, 2012 04:44PM
I wondered whether you could put a notice on the announcements pages of the LDBWS website about a colour ringing project that we at Fylde Ringing Group are starting this winter. I am a member of LDBWS. The aims of the project are to:

- generate some information on wintering sites and distribution of wintering Turnstone in the northwest of England or further afield.
- attempt to find out what the turnover of the birds wintering at Fleetwood Marine Lakes is.
- where are they coming from to roost/forage at the site.
- measure winter site fidelity and implications of disturbance if they show high winter site fidelity.
- generate re-sightings to look at migration routes.
- try and ascertain whether there are any relationships between wintering areas and breeding areas.
- possibly measure phenology if we can catch them over a number of years.

The birds will be trapped at a feeding station at Fleetwood Marine Lakes and on the right leg the birds will have a metal BTO ring above the knee (on the tibia), a green colour ring below the knee (on the tarsus) and on the left leg above the knee a black leg flag inscribed with white lettering. The aim is to try and mark up to a 100 birds each winter for five years.

I would be grateful if members could report any sightings of these birds to nwturnstones@gmail.com A full sightings history will of course be sent to anybody reporting a colour marked bird to us.

Cheers,

Seumus

Seumus Eaves - Fylde Ringing Group
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