Twite at Clachtoll

May 17th 2010

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

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Recent Sightings

Kestrel

Single bird hovering between road and waterfall, Clashnessie (Neil McCrimmon) (26/11)

Fieldfare and Redwing

A mixed flock of c30 fieldfare and c10 redwing in tall aspens, Nedd (Ian Evans). Mixed flock of 200+ birds over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (23/11)

Dipper

Single bird by River Inver, Brackloch (Carol Langford) (22/11)

Pheasant

Single hen bird in back garden, Nedd (Ian Evans).  Rarely seen in this part of Assynt (21/11)

Great Northern Diver

Single bird, Bay of Stoer (John Gilbertson) (21/11)

Redwing and Fieldfare

c80 birds in a mixed flock flying over the B869 by Rhicarn (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)

Dipper

Single bird in tree overhanging river Inver, Little Assynt (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)

Kestrel

Single bird hovering by roadside, Inchnadamph (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)

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