Monday, 21 November 2011


Just a short post to update all on the latest of two of our Black-tailed Godwits which are currently on the Exe Estuary...


Yellow Orange Green was reported to the group by an email from Colin Selway. This photo was taken by Colin of YOG on Exminster Marshes on 26/10/11.

YOG - Exminster Marshes 26/10/11 (c) Colin Selway

YOG was ringed at Seaton Marshes on 5/3/11, and was still present on the Axe Estuary on 10/3/11. However on 22/4/11 YOG was sighted feeding in a stubble field in Western Iceland, at Melasveit, Borgarfjarðarsýsla by Jenny Gill, Graham Appleton and Jose Alves.

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This is the first sighting of YOG since the Iceland record - good to know he/she has made the journey back south safely. Since being ringed, YOG has flown at least 2300 miles.


Red Orange Lime was spotted at Bowling Green Marsh by Ian Waite on 14/11/11. ROL was also ringed on 5/3/11, and was seen on a later date further north - but not as far north as YOG! ROL was seen on 29/4/11 at South Ronaldsay, Orkney by Morris Rendall.

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Like YOG this was the first autumn sighting of ROL. It will be interesting to learn whether these birds spend the whole of the winter on the Exe Estuary.