Southern Colour Ringing Group


The first few days of tracking Brent Geese has been very interesting. In general all birds seem to be roosting on Bridgemarsh Island and grazing on the fields at Blue House Farm during the day. All five geese have spent the last three days grazing within a few yards of each other - that is quite fascinating and shows that group caught together have for at least three days stayed together. Most of them have also roosted overnight on Bridgemarsh Island in pretty much the same spots most nights which is also very interesting, although one roosted the other side of N Fambridge and in the creek by South Fambridge on one night.

David Low has been out in the field observing the birds and we have established that of the 14 birds we caught it consisted of five pairs (ten individuals) and 4 individual unpaired birds. This added value and information is quite remarkable and will give us some incredibly enhanced data. He has also observed all the neck collared birds all of which seem to be behaving normally and showing no issues with their collars. The photo below shows one bird preening and David's observations have been very encouraging along with the tracking data showing all birds appear to be behaving as normal with the rest of the flock.

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 Green DL in the field - Photo David Low

Below are the maps for the first four days of tracking for each bird.

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One of the pulli ringed at Fishers Green this year has just been sighted in Spain at San Lorenzo beach, Gij√≥n, Asturias, Spain. This is the furthest one of the Fishers Green birds has gone and we thank Nacho Vega for sending in the sighting.


David Low has been out in the field searching hard for ringed Brent Geese and has come up trumps with three of the eighteen birds ringed in January re sighted. Green AA (Wakering Stairs) and AG (Leigh on Sea) were seen on 24th October and Green AY (Shoebury)  on 26th October. AA was paired with a female and has a juvenile with the pair. David has also reported good numbers of Juveniles in the flock so we are hopefull that here will be good numbers of birds at Blue House Farm when we are ready to resume catching attempts.


Our third re sighting of one of the Little Egrets ringed at Walthamstow Wetlands was reported, Orange Z Niger T was seen at Brooklands Park, Worthing on 26th October with a number of unringed birds. Thanks to Karen Weston for sending us the sighting.


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We have just recieved a sighting from Graham Prole from Dublin who has seen one of this years young from Fishers Green. As we ring more birds from this colony it is clear there is a westerly movement and dispersal  in their first year. We look forward to more sightings of this bird if it stays in the area for the winter.

You can see a map of this sighting here.

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