Green rings come back

Most resightings of colour-ringed Golden Plovers in the area are from birds ringed as adults in previous years. However in 2011 we colour-ringed some tens of Golden Plover chicks in the nest with green rings and an engraved two-letter code for individual recognition. Last year we had very few resightings due to the odd breeding season caused by the late spring and most of them were observed down in the delta feeding in the meadows while their breeding grounds were still snow covered.

This season, so far we have observed 5 of those birds ringed as chicks in 2011 in the same area where they were hatched, demonstrating the philopatry of the species. We still hope to have more observations of those birds during the rest of the season and keep track of their breeding.

FD alarming near its nest
FD alarming close to its nest

5 thoughts on “Green rings come back

  1. miche June 23, 2013 / 9:46 am

    Great that you are resighting the birds ringed in 2011! and now have luck with the nestlings!

    un abrazo

  2. paco June 23, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    muy interesante

  3. Åke Lindström June 24, 2013 / 8:16 am

    Very exciting! Why do they bother to come back to exactly the same spot, when there are HUGE areas that look so much the same? Are the returning birds females or males?

    Keep up the good work!

    • Juan June 25, 2013 / 8:56 pm

      I think it may be some benefits to breed near where the individual was raised. Previous knowledge of the area might help to establish a new territory over other competitors as well as finding better foraging areas around. However I reckon is difficult to assess how many individuals have a bigger natal dispersal than others since we will observe only individuals returning to our study area and will not have a clear data on birds dispersing further away.

      We have observed three females and two males.

      Looking forward to seeing you here,


  4. Carlos (padre) June 24, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    I am very happy for yours success. Good luck in the future.

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