July 2nd   Leave a comment

GGLG - last seen in February - now back in its usual haunts by the harbour for the winter

GGLG today – last seen in February – now back in its usual haunts by the harbour for the winter

The redshanks are back! Last week I saw an unringed redshank in Roome Bay but it was just passing through. But today there were 4 adult redshanks on the rocks by the harbour and 3 of them were colour-ringed. I last saw GGLG (Green Green Lime Green – pictured right) on the 4th February. It was one of the first redshanks to leave Crail last winter and perhaps not surprisingly it is one of the first back. It must be a Scottish breeding bird that could start and finish breeding relatively early, unlike the Icelandic birds which will probably be late back this year because of their very late season (see May 2nd). Two out of three of the other birds I saw today left in March rather than April supporting the idea that for a Crail redshank it’s early out, early back. It’s brilliant to have them back – one of them I ringed in 2008 so it’s turning into a long term resident. Four of the birds from last winter were ringed in 2007 so if they come back they will be spending at least their 6th winter at Crail. I can hope for another 21 birds back if they all survive from last winter, although I’m bound to have lost one or two.

Posted July 2, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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