Swale Wader Group


A catch was taken at Harty on the night of the 3rd/4th October. A team of eight ringers enjoyed the peace and quiet of a calm clear night with an almost full moon that was shrouded in mist. Not many birds flying over the ringing pools and no Brent Geese heard grunting, just a few calls form gulls, Mallard and waders.

A total of 23 birds were caught and ringed made up of the following species:

  • Dunlin - 7 (4 adults and 3 juveniles)
  • Black-tailed Godwit - 10 (9 adults and a juvenile)
  • Bar-tailed Godwit - 1 plus a recent retrap (both juveniles)
  • Redshank - 4 (2 adults and 2 juveniles)

After the last catch of over 80 birds the number of birds caught was disappointing no doubt affected by the bright conditions, and there just seemed fewer birds around.

Ringing Sessions