Sunday, 7 July 2019

29th June 2019 Unst S2 Clear

Despite missing a leg, a colour-ringed Sanderling present on Norwick beach appeared to be from Jeroen Reneerkens colour-ringing scheme. 

Sanderling at Norwick
Jeroen very kindly replied 'Thank you for your e-mail with a report of a Sanderling with rings. It is one ringed as part of my scheme, indeed. Thank you very much for reporting. I hope that a next colour-ringed Sanderling you observe is in a better shape! So sad to see it missing a leg, but this is unfortunately not extremely rare (and often caused by a clam they step into, but it could also be because of an old nylon fishing net laying on the beach). Because I can read 3 digits (619) on the metal ring on your photo, and because of the two remaining colour-rings I could trace it down. Its life history is as follows:

05/08/2016 ringed on the island of Griend, Wadden Sea, Netherlands where seen again on 9/8/16 and 11/8/16.
20/08/2016 observed Saint Germain de Varreville, Manche, France
13/05/2017 observed Strand Van Son Bou, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
29/06/2019 observed Norwick, Unst, Shetland, UK

Sanderling at St. Germain de Varreville, France, August 2016 (Emmanuel Martin)

Sanderling on Menorca, Spain, May 2017 (Bert Verboog)