The SCAN ringing group had a very successful day on Traeth Lavan, Saturday, with a catch of 379 Oystercatchers. The oldest Oystercatcher was originally ringed in September 1981 by the group and has not been recorded since. In fact this bird was older than many of the ringing team.
SCAN have been monitoring Oystercatchers on Traeth Lavan since 1973, and have recently begun colour ringing a sample of the wintering population to ascertain their breeding locations. Initial reports show that some of the birds breed on the Shetland isles.
Some of the team waiting for the cannons to be fired
Several captions come to mind, best one gets a free cup of tea and a biscuit at the BTO Cymru office.
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