SCAN ringing group have been colour marking Ringed Plovers at Traeth Lavan with a view to finding out more how these small plovers use the area as part of their life cycles.
On the 15th August 2015 a number of non-moulting birds were caught and colour marked near Llanfairfechan. Usually the non-moulting birds are of either Greenland or Icelandic origin, who stop off in the UK to feed and fatten up before continuing their migration to Southern Europe/west Africa.
At 09:50 on 4th May Jim Dustow saw a colour marked Ringed Plover at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy and identified it as U3. At 11am that same morning the same bird was seen at RSPB Conwy by Steve Culley, feeding on an island in the lagoon.
This bird is currently crossing North Wales on it’s way north to breed. It would be nice if it were seen again on it’s way north, but my money is on it being back on Traeth Lavan in August on it’s way south again.
SCAN would like to thank both Jim Dustow and Steve Culley for their efforts to read the colour marks and for the prompt reporting, which adds so much to the life story of this exiting migrant.