I went down to the point today in order to see if the Red Knot flock was present using the site as a high tide roosting location and also to see where the flock is feeding. This in turn will help me work out the best place to view the flock in the hope of finding any flag ringed birds. Image above shows the flock circling over the point before coming in to roost. Image below shows the first birds that came in to roost . This comprised of Dunlin, Grey Plover and Red Knot.
Image above shows the grassy bank of the point which consisted of mainly Dunlin, Dunlin do not always use the point to roost at during the winter period and I have had winters where they haven't roosted at all so this was nice to see today. Also roosting with the Dunlin today was 1 Sanderling and 7 Turnstone. A Peregrine caused havoc during the early part of the pre-roost.
Above shows a flag ringed Red Knot wearing the colour combination: lime over lime flag over lime right leg, red over yellow left leg.
Other colour combinations today are listed below:
RK1) Red over green right leg, white over green left leg
RK2) Red over green flag over red right leg, green over left leg
RK3) Red over lime flag right leg, lime over yellow left leg
RK4) black flag over red over black left leg, black over yellow over black right leg
Alpha - numeric combinations seen today would have been trapped and ringed in Porsangerfjord, N Norway are listed below:
KYM or KTM
A-J - missed the middle letter.
NME - sure I have had this bird before, need to check my old records.
Once the post roost was over the birds went out on to the exposed mud and I managed to find a place and get in to position to be able to follow the birds out as they fed without flushing them.