Ringed Roseate Terns

Mike Passman's note about double-ringed Roseate Terns at Thurlestone reminded me of a bird I photographed at Dawlish Warren last July which had a ring on  both legs.By coincidence I checked Birdguides website today and found an article by Tom Cadwallender about ringing of Roseate Terns at Coquet Island, Northumberland, which is the Uk's main colony, holding 77 pairs. It is customary at Coquet to ring birds with both a BTO metal ring, and on the other leg a slightly bigger metal ring bearing a Coquet Island number, hopefully readable in the field, enabling individual  birds to be tracked away from colonies. So we just have to get closer to read those numbers! 

Posted August 1st, 2013 at 11:09 pm in General Birding