Pete CrooksParticipantFebruary 18, 2021 at 7:39 pmPost count: 106
Jon Carter found that 2 of the c.1400 Pink-footed Geese on the drumlin SE of Freeman’s Wood this afternoon had neck collars. The birds seemed to be behaving as a pair and I was able to read the codes from the footpath by Freeman’s Wood. One had a pale grey collar with a black code VCN. The other appeared to have a small box with a solar panel on the front of the neck (satellite tag?) attached to a collar with a white 6 or 9, depending which way up the digit was supposed to be read. The code looked slightly odd as there was space on the collar for at least one more digit.
A quick check through my notes when I got home revealed that on 19/2/19 I had seen what was presumably the same pair on the salt marsh at Aldcliffe. On that occasion the grey neck collar was too distant to read, but it was closely associated with a bird a neck collar attached to a small box with the code 56 in white (if reading up the neck) or 95 (if reading down the neck!) Presumably one of the two digits had faded or worn away over time.
Hopefully Jon Carter will be able to post more details of these birds once they are traced.
Pete CIan HartleyParticipantFebruary 18, 2021 at 10:39 pmPost count: 97
Grey collar VCN was ringed at Martin Mere on 22nd March 2018. I saw it on 3rd Feb 2019 at Lower Thurnham fields.
Ian HartleyPete CrooksParticipantFebruary 19, 2021 at 9:37 amPost count: 106
After a quick internet search I came across the following comment in the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union on-line newsletter (22/1/20): “The two Pink-footed Geese seen at Elm House Farm (near Saltfleetby – Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR) on 17th December 2019 were ringed at WWT Martin Mere. A male, neck collar VCN, on 22/3/2018 and a female with the GPS tag number 6 and a white darvic leg ring with black 74, on 1/12/2016.
So presumably not the birds I saw at Aldcliffe Marsh on 19/2/19, but certainly the pair from yesterday. Hopefully the female’s GPS data has an interesting story to tell.
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