Colour-ringed Curlew

EDRG, working in conjunction with a very keen landowner, has commenced a project to colour-ring wintering and breeding Curlew on the Wensleydale Moors.

September 2016

Good numbers of adult colour-ringed Curlew ringed in Wensleydale on the 16 January 2016 have recently been re-sighted in the locality. One has since been proved to be a local breeding adult. The question is, where are the rest breeding? Scandinavia perhaps! The wintering flock is already building, so hopefully thee will be chance to colour ring more this autumn and winter.

Here is a list of those birds which were re-sighted at Bolton Hall, Wensley. All birds have an identifying Nosterfield/Wensleydale scheme White Tall colour ring below the left knee. All other rings fitted are above the knees and identify each individual Curlew. The sequences below only identify these ‘above the knee’ colour rings.

FH87101 : Left. Lime, Niger : Right. White, Green – seen 31 August 2016

FH87192 : Left. Niger, Yellow : Right. White, Green – seen on the 22 and 31 August 2016

FH87195 : Left. Niger, Green : Right. Red, Green – seen on the 22 August 2016

FH87196 : 2nd year bird (5) : Left. Niger, Green : Right. Red, Orange seen 22 and 31 August

FA29263 : Left. Niger, Red : Right. Red, Orange – seen on the 31 August 2016

FA29264 : Left. Niger, Red : Right. White, Green – seen on the 22 and 31 August 2016

FA29265 : Left. Niger, White : Right. Red, White – seen on the 22 August 2016

FA29268 : Left. Niger, White : Right. White, Green – seen on the 22 and 31 August

July 2016

Two adult colour ringed Curlew, both ringed on 27 February 2016, were sighted at Seal Sands, some 59 kilometres east of where these birds were ringed. It is possible that these two birds actually bred in Scandinavia and are returning to the UK (Wensleydale) for the winter.  Currently, until we receive reports from Scandinavia, we cannot completely verify this.

Curlew FH87109 colour rings : Left below the knee WT (White tall signifying the identifier for birds from the Nosterfield/Wensleydale scheme), Left above the knee G,N, (Green, Niger) Right above the knee G,N.

Curlew FH87111, colour rings : Left below the knee WT, Left above the knee W,N, (White, Niger) Right above the knee G,N were seen on the 30 July 2016.

If you see these or any other colour ringed Curlew, please tweet @JillWarwick or @EDRInging or leave a comment on this web page.

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Below, as in a previous post, are the first two Curlew chicks hatched on the Wensleydale Moors, to be colour ringed.

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During the summer, nine curlew chicks were caught and ringed on the Wensleydale Moors , five of which were also been colour-ringed.

If you see any of the birds at any time, please tweet @JillWarwick with information or leave a comment on this page. The Green, Red on the right leg is a “constant”, the colours on the left leg change for each bird. Note that all birds have the Tall White (WT) colour below the left knee as described above.

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