Swale Wader Group


A retrap Bar-tailed Godwit was the highlight of a disappointing night trying to catch waders at Harty. The male Godwit was ringed 10 years earlier in November 2011. At ten years it is only middle-aged for a Godwit. We have retrapped four older birds, the oldest being 23 years and 9 months.

We also caught two Redshank, which were colour ringed, and seven Dunlin.

The small catch was probably because high atmospheric pressure meant the tide was 0.2 metres lower than forecast and the birds were able to stay on the intertidal.

BATGO DD84798 2021111610 year old Bar-tailed Godwit

Ringing Sessions