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

Garganey

single male Loch Neil Bhain (DAH). This is only the third Assynt record of this species. Photo - Gallery Birds (19/05)

Lapwing

three adult birds and one chick, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH) (19/05)

Whimbrel

two birds near Culkein Drumbeg jetty (DAH). Photo - Gallery Birds (19/05)

Risso's Dolphin

four animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) (19/05)

Arctic Tern

15+ birds on offshore island Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (19/05)

Shelduck

pair still present Oldany estuary area (DAH) (19/05)

Golden Plover

at least four birds on grazing land Balchladich (Janet French) (18/05)

Arctic Skua

both a dark and a pale morph bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Mal Edwards) (17/05)

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