7 September 2014

Photo of a colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit attached, taken when it was ringed as a chick in Iceland on 3rd July 2009. 

It wasn't seen again until it popped up at the Wooden Bridge on the 7th of this month! Cian Merne

  10 September 2011
North Bull - of note - approx 300 Black and Bar-tailed Godwits (mostly black tailed) - including a tagged Black-tailed Godwit - Left leg Red, Black - Right leg Yellow and X on pale yellow.   Siobhan McNamara
  Follow up by Mark Carmody to ringed Godwit Report of 10th September 2011:

I noticed from the website that Siobhan MacNamara had a ringed Black-tailed Godwit on the Bull island on the 10th September. The combination rang a bell with me so I checked my photographs. I was delighted that I did. I took a photograph of the bird just after it was ringed in Siglufjörður in northern Iceland on 11th July 2009!! 

  See photograph on right>>>  

Jim Wilson and I were in Iceland for 6 days taking photographs for the Shorebirds of Ireland book and we were helping Pete Potts and his crew ring some godwits while we were there.Mark Carmody

Update from Pete Potts:   "
RN YX is a bird we ringed in Siglufjordur on 11th July 2009 as an adult female an was seen on Tiree (a small island in the inner Hebrides) on 1st Aug 09 and then in Dublin 08/10/09 and again there Aug & Sept 2010." Pete Potts

Since Pete has no recorded sightings of this Godwit over the winter period it would be marvellous if we could all keep an eye out for it from now until January.  The Icelandic bred Godwits are known to travel as far as western Portugal and Spain for winter - with a stray making it's way to Morocco.Editor


  23 March 2012
Flock of 500-600 Black-tailed Godwits at Baldoyle being harassed by a male Peregrine Falcon.  Flock included 4 colour ringed birds.Cian Merne
  20 March 2012

Black-tailed Godwits at Baldoyle including a colour ringed one (Photo by Cian Merne)

6 April 2011
On the Bull Island causeway:  80+ Black-tailed Godwits (I spotted a ringed bird, it had two white rings on the right leg and a red ring over a green ring on its left leg).Edd Kealy

  6 March 2011
News on a ringed Bar-tailed Godwit:  A colour ringed Bar-tailed Godwit, code - R6WYBB spotted on Bull Island (Wooden bridge side) on the 6th March 2011 is well travelled.  

After reporting the sighting I received an email from the study group informing me that this bird was caught on 13th September 2010 at Strieper polder in Terschelling, Netherlands. 

It has also been spotted in Booterstown on the 22nd Feb 2011.

Before then it was in Newport, Wales since December.Rhona Byrne

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