Twite at Clachtoll

May 17th 2010

Twite with colour rings
Twite with colour rings

Tony Mainwood from the Highland Ringing Group has been ringing twite at Clachtoll since 2009. In April 2010 he started putting colour rings on their legs. If anyone sees a twite with a colour ring please let us know.

Twite have been declining for several years now and very little is known about their movements. In the past twite would winter in large numbers in the turnip fields in Caithness. Unfortunately, nowadays there are not nearly so many turnips grown there so where do the Twite go now?

By the 15th May 2010 Tony had coloured ringed over 300 birds and he is still going. Tony is using white over green on the right leg and green over metal on the left leg to indicate a bird ringed in Clachtoll in 2010. This combination will change each year. Andy Summers is feeding the twite throughout the year on his Clachtoll croft and the birds are caught in a simple trap designed by Tony.

Two further items relating to this project can be read here –

UK Record for Clachtoll Bird

Clachtoll Twite in the Pennines

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Recent Sightings

Common Dolphin

active pod of around 12 animals off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (21/09)

Whooper Swan

single bird on Loch na Claise (Mike Crutch) (17/09)

Red Admiral butterfly

single butterfly, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (16/09)

Pink-footed Goose

two skeins, both c70 birds, high over Culkein Drumbeg mid-evening (DAH) (16/09)

Moorhen

single adult and well grown juvenile bird, Loch na Claise (DAH) (16/09)

Tufted Duck

single male, Loch na Claise (DAH) (16/09)

Sanderling

six juvenile birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (16/09)

Brent Goose

51 pale bellied birds feeding in Bay of Culkein (Rob Swift) (12/09)

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