Dark-bellied Brent Geese bearing rings

25th February 2010 – overcast E1/2/3
While pale-bellied Brent Geese are regular visitors to the observatory recording area the small flock of dark-bellied birds which frequents Morecambe Bay generally remain on the periphery , only occasionally straying within range. A recent incursion saw three colour-ringed birds amongst the flock and details have recently been received. All had been ringed in a single catch at Terschelling, The Netherlands (600km ESE) on 17th May 2006 and have been seen in subsequent years at Terschelling and Ameland both in The Netherlands, however, this is the first time that the birds have been recorded in Britain.