Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A Frayed Knot - 23rd January 2012

Monday night saw Steve, Rachel, Chris, Matt, Ros Green and I head out mist-netting waders. It was fantastically dark, and I'm sure if we'd have 150/200 miles further north, we would possibly have witnessed the Aurora that put on a mighty show for the Shetland Isles
Throughout the night we caught 77 Birds: 50 Dunlin, 13 Knot, 7 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher and 2 adult drake Mallard.
Knot was a new species for me, and it was nice to get to know the ageing criteria which didn't seem too much of a challenge. They are real stocky birds in the hand and like a fat redshank with short legs...superb!

Several retraps from the night including a Dunlin ringed in Nov 2002, Oystercatcher from 1996 and a Redshank ringed at Penmon back in 2010

A really enjoyable night!

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