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

Harbour Porpoise

two adults off Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (21/07)

Common Dolphin

five adults and a single juvenile off Bay of Stoer (DAH) (21/07)

Red-throated Diver

single bird, Bay of Stoer (DAH) (21/07)

Black-headed Gull

four adult birds, Loch Inver (DAH) (21/07)

Common Dolphin

12+ animals off Clachtoll (Tam Barnshaw) (19/07)

Magpie moth

single in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester) (19/07)

Minke Whale

single animal off Clachtoll (DAH) (19/07)

Osprey

single bird 'fishing' near Inchnadamph (Joe Smith) (19/07)

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