Twite at Clachtoll
Tony Mainwood from the Highland Ringing Group has been ringing Twite Carduelis flavirostris, at Clachtoll since 2009. In April 2010 he started also putting colour rings on their legs. If anyone sees a twite with colour rings 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