Golden Plovers are back!

During these first days we have had the chance to see big numbers of Golden Plovers gathered foraging in the meadows around Ammarnäs, something very unusual in previous years.  We counted yesterday 225 in a small meadow in Kraddsele. We have been looking for colour-ringed Golden Plovers also up in the mountains but most remain down in the meadows around the Delta. So far, we have observed 6 colour-ringed birds, just two up in the mountains close to their breeding territories but most observations have been down in the valley with two birds ringed in 2007 and 1 in 2010.

But so far the most interesting observation have been a bird ringed last year as a chick on the nest!. We have also observed some birds only with metal ring, most probably ringed in the Netherlands during migration and a colour-ringed Ruff also from a dutch project.

Have a look at the pictures and video:

Colour-ringed Golden Plover
Metal ringed Golden Plover
FC colour-ringed Golden Plover



Remember you can watch this video in HD on Vimeo!


3 thoughts on “Golden Plovers are back!

  1. videoaves June 3, 2012 / 11:49 pm

    Great research season on the horizon! Lets see how such a snowy spring affects waders breeding ecology, keep us informed! Hugs from lower latitudes.

  2. Tundra June 4, 2012 / 12:34 am

    Incredible, guys, congratulation for this blog. I want to be there right now…

    Keep just a little bit of snow for me. See you soon¡¡

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