Yellow ring generation

The first Golden plover chicks have finally hatched in the area..! After hatching they will leave the nest a few hours later and start wander around feeding by themselves. Being protected and brooded by both adults, the female will eventually leave them after two or three weeks but the male will stay with them until fledging, a month later.

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Newly hatched Golden Plover chicks still in the nest

Yellow is coming into fashion this summer..! As you may remember, in 2011 we colour-ringed Golden Plover chicks with green rings. This season we will use yellow rings instead to keep track on them to study survival and natal dispersion in the next years. Additionally, we will radio-track one chick of each brood during the whole pre-fledging period.

You can watch a video here

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Golden plover chick with radio-transmitter attached

3 thoughts on “Yellow ring generation

  1. conexionplazadali15m July 6, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    They are cute de little Golden plover!
    You are getting the information needed to your research? I hope so!
    See you soon!

    • Juan July 6, 2013 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks! Yes, we are getting pretty nice data and hope to increase it this year.
      All the best!

  2. Pablo CL July 7, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    Hi guys¡¡¡

    I see you are having a nice season up there, it seems a good year to gather a lot of data. So many good memories…

    Say hello to GP chicks. I send you energy from Madrid for keeping you working and happy¡¡
    Un abrazo

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