Greenshank YB-BR

GREENSHANK – YB-BR at Walmsley Sanctuary, Adrian Langdon

 COLOUR-RINGED GREENSHANK  Right leg: Yellow over blue; Left leg: Blue over red

 A WALMSLEY SANCTUARY/CAMEL ESTUARY REGULAR

 Greenshank YB-BR was ringed on the Ythan Estuary, 12km north of Aberdeen in NE Scotland as part of a study into numbers/origins/turnover/site fidelity and onward movements of greenshank using the estuary during autumn passage.

Thanks to all observers down at Walmsley Sanctuary and elsewhere on the Camel Estuary this has become one of the star birds of the project so far. We are indebted to you all for taking the time and trouble to report this bird, and for the added bonus of some photographs from a few of you. Many thanks indeed.

 YB-BR’s RINGING INFORMATION:

YB-BR was ringed as a first year bird on passage on the Ythan Estuary on 13th August, 2006. This was the only greenshank we ringed that evening, along with a single common sandpiper. Not the busiest of evenings.

The Tarty Burn in the foreground, running into the Ythan Estuary behind. The burn is where we ring the greenshank as they feed and roost with the tide.

 The Tarty Burn in the foreground, running into
the Ythan Estuary behind. The burn is where
we ring the greenshank as they feed and roost
with the tide.

The table below shows YB-BRs first autumn/winter history. It remained on the Ythan for over 3 weeks after ringing then made a quick flight down to the Camel Estaury in Cornwall where it was seen by Colin Selway, 9 days after last sighting on the Ythan, then several times by Derek Julian before Xmas

YB-BR’s FIRST AUTUMN/WINTER:

13-Aug-06

Tarty, Ythan Estuary, NE Scotland

NJ9927

Ringed today. DD59507. Juvenile.

 

20-Aug-06

Snub N. car park, Ythan

 

Skitts

7 days later

26-Aug-06

Back channel opposite Snub, Ythan Estuary

 

RD

13 days later

1-Sep-06

Ythan

 

David Dunstan

19 days later

4-Sep-06

Snub N. car park, Ythan

 

Chris Jones

22 days later. PHOTOGRAPH

13-Sep-06

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Colin Selway

9 days after last Ythan sighting

21-Sep-06

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Per Derek Julian

 

12-Oct-06

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Derek I Julian

 

16-Oct-06

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

 

Derek I Julian

 

19-Dec-06

Old Town Cove, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW943737

Derek I Julian

 

YB-BR’s SUBSEQUENT HISTORY (cont.):

The previous table shows YB-BR returning to the Camel Estuary in subsequent autumns since 2006. This winter 2009/2010 will be its fourth on the estuary. Interestingly, although there are spring records from April 2008 and March 2009, there is a noteable gap in records after December, suggesting that the bird might possibly move elsewhere for a period in mid-winter.

8-Sep-07

River Camel/Amble confluence, N. CORNWALL

SW982742

Stephen Jackson

10 in group

11-Oct-07

Dinham Flats, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW9975

Andy + Shirley Park

PHOTOGRAPH

12-Nov-07

Old Town Cove, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW943737

Derek I Julian

 

14-Dec-07

Old Town Cove, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW943737

Derek I Julian

 

6-Apr-08

Old Town Cove, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW943737

Derek I Julian

With 3 others.

2-Sep-08

Dinham Flats, Camel Estuary, Wadebridge, CORNWALL

SW9775

Derek G. Dennis

c25 birds

15-Sep-08

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

D. & M. Roberts

With 10 others

26-Sep-08

Dinham Flats, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

 

Andy + Shirley Park

PHOTOGRAPH

 

27-Oct-08

Dinham Flats, Camel Estuary, Wadebridge, CORNWALL

SW9775

Colin Selway

With 1 other bird

28-Nov-08

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge, CORNWALL

 

Harvey Kendall

 

14-Mar-09

Old Town Cove, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW943737

Derek I Julian

With 3 others.

10-Jul-09

Camel Estuary (Burniere Hide), CORNWALL

SW982740

Terry Hasdell

With 5 others.

24-Jul-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Colin Selway

With 7 others.

25-Jul-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Peter Roseveare

With 8 others.

6-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Adrian Langdon

With 9 others.

7-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Colin Selway

With 11 others.

10-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Colin Selway

With 10 others.

11-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Colin Selway

With 8 others.

13-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Harvey Kendall

 

18-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

 

Derek G. Dennis

With 11 other unringed birds

20-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Colin Selway

With 18 others.

21-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Colin Selway

With 19 others.

21-Aug-09

Dinham Flats, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW9975

Colin Selway

With 14 others.

22-Aug-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW993747

Derek I Julian

With 6 others.

10-Sep-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW982740

Terry Hasdell

With 30 others, including BB-RL

 

FUTURE SIGHTINGS?:

It would be very interesting to determine if YB-BR’s absence in mid-winter is genuine or is it down to reduced birding in what is the usually the darkest part of winter.

Hot off the press from Walmsley Sanctuary, and very exciting news indeed. Terry Hasdell saw YB-BR on 10th September with 30 other greenshank, including BB-RL, one of this autumn’s colour-ringed juveniles from Montrose Basin, NE Scotland.

 9-Aug-09

 Montrose Basin, NE Scotland

 NO6757

 Ringed today. DB73790. Juvenile.

16-Aug-09

Drum Burn, Montrose Basin

 

RD/JD

13 birds/3 cringed

10-Sep-09

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge, Camel Estuary, CORNWALL

SW982740

Terry Hasdell

With 30 others, including YB-BR

 

MANY THANKS:

On behalf of Grampian and Tay Ringing Groups I would just like to thank all contributors once again for taking the time and trouble to record and report your colour-ring sightings. It has been very exciting to hear about the ventures of YB-BR, and now BB-RL. They all contribute to further our knowledge of greenshank movements and highlight the importance of our network of estuaries in the UK and Ireland to this and so many other species of waders.

YB-BR photographed at Dinham Flats, Camel Estuary on 11/10/7 and 26/9/8 Andy + Shirley Park.

 Greenshank can be seen up to their bellies in water at times as they hunt for shrimps and small crabs and flat fish.

 Raymond Duncan (Grampian Ringing Group secretary) raymond@waxwing.fsnet.co.uk

Further Sightings of YB-BR

2010
 27/02/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
28/03/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
31/03/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
10/08/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
11/08/2010, Dinham Flats, SW 9775, Colin Selway
12/08/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
25/08/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
28/08/201o, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Derek Julian
08/09/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
21/09/2010, Dinham Flats, SW 9775, Colin Selway
24/09/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
04/10/2010, Dinham Flats, SW 9775, Colin Selway
07/10/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
11/10/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
25/10/2010, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
08/12/2010, Dinham Flats, SW 9775, Will Delacour
20/12/2010, Dinham Flats, SW 9775, Colin Selway

2011
08/03/2011, Old Town Cove,, T.  Atkinson
21/07/2011, Dinham Flats, SW 9775, Colin Selway
22/07/2011, Dinham Flats, SW 9775, Colin Selway
13/09/2011, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
28/09/2011, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
01/10/2011, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
02/10/2011, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
08/10/2011, Pinkson Creek, , Colin Selway
11/10/2011, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
16/10/2011, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
17/10/2011, Camel Estuary, , Derek Julian
28/11/2011, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway

2012
11/01/2012, Camel Estuary, , Derek Julian
11/01/2012, Camel Estuary, , P. Whittick and G. Love
09/03/2012, Camel Estuary, , Derek Julian
07/04/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
10/04/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740,D. Jenkins
07/04/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
18/07/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
31/07/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
02/08/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
07/08/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
18/08/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
19/08/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
22/08/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
23/08/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
04/10/2012, Walmsley Sanctuary, SW 982740, Colin Selway
07/04/2012, Camel Estuary,, E. Cornelius et al.

2013
11/12/2013, Camel Estuary, David Little

Monthly Observations

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2006 3 2 1
2007 1 1 1 1
2008 1 3 1 1
2009 1 3 10 1
2010 1 2 6 3 4 2
2011 1 2 2 6 1
2012 1 1 2 2 2 6 2
 Total 1 2 6 3 0 0 7 22 13 16 3 4