Swale Wader Group

 

On a windless night with the moon hidden by clouds in November everything seemed set for a big numbers catch.  However we were to be disappointed with a catch of just 22 birds.

The catch was made up of :                         

  • Avocet 1 (juvenile)
  • Grey Plover 1 (adult in moult)
  • Dunlin 10 (just 2 adults), plus a retrap
  • Bar-tailed Godwit 2 (both juveniles)
  • Redshank 6 (only one of which was a juvenile), plus a retrap

Retraps always add a little interest, details given below:

  • Dunlin ringed at Harty as an adult on 26th October 2011 with the same wing measurement, but is now 7g heavier.
  • Redshank ringed at Harty as an adult on 26th October 2008 with very similar measurements and weight.

Yes they were both ringed on 26th October but in different years.