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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sanderling G3WBGW

On Crymlyn Burrows this afternoon amongst c350 Sanderling. Ringed Plover numbered an encouraging c150 and Dunlin were c200 strong. The birds were quite mobile though so accurate counts not really possible with so much feeding ground exposed. Hope I didn't miss anything....

I'll put the life history of the Sanderling up here when it's been returned.


Valley Naturalist said...

Hope you get a response from BTO! I've reported a number of colour ringed gulls and waders over the last couple of years without getting a reply.


Mark Hipkin said...

Hi Steve, I know what you mean, the colour-ringed Ringed Plover details I sent to Euring in the spring are still 'being processed!' However, this Sanderling ringing project is first class. I've had a reply already saying they're ringing in Iceland at the moment so the history info return will take a little longer than normal. Earlier this year the details of birds I saw then were returned very quickly.
It does make a big difference finding out within a reasonable time. As I'm sure you know from experience getting all the ring details can be hard work so the least we can expect is something back, otherwise where's the encouragement to keep pugging away. However, if you get a chance to send Sanderling info to these guys then I recommend you do. You won't be disappointed.
International Wader Study Group on a Google search should get the right website for details on reporting etc. I also had an email recently asking about reporting juvenile birds within Sanderling flocks, which can be done this autumn anywhere there are Sanderling flocks. There's a good fact-sheet online and requirements for reporting details. When I get a chance I'll try and put a post together with details presented more clearly.

Cardiff Bird Ringers said...


Its always worth looking up the projects here and emailing the project co-ordinator directly. Most will get back to you quicker and provide you with a sightings summary. They'll also log your sighting with the BTO for you!

If its any consolation it can take just as long, if not longer for the ringer to find out as it does for the observer.


Mark Hipkin said...

Hi Rich,

Many thanks for your comments. I've just bookmarked that link, it looks very useful. Nice also to get the ringers perspective on the subject.

With so much information to hand these days one can very quickly become impatient with the waiting game. I blame the iPhone!