Normal Coot with three coloured rings and one metal BTO ring.
No interactions present.
Why does this Coot have so many rings on it?
So it can be identified as a specific individual in the field.
So each colour has a meaning? Is it common to have so many rings? I know that many birds get ringed so their movements can be identified, but this is the first time I've seen a bird with so many rings.
But the pattern has meaning so that this specific bird can be IDd (at least on the site it is one) - so this one would have yellow-red left and green right which would allow people to know what it was.
No doubt it is part of some scheme and there will be others with different patterns (e.g. yellow-green left and green right).
It is pretty difficult to read the metal rings in the field but the colour rings can easily be seen with binoculars (or a good photo).
If you use the BTO form at http://blx1.bto.org/euring/lang/pages/colourform.jsp?coord=colourringing... you will eventually receive full details about this coot, including where and when it was ringed and anywhere it has been seen since. I recently found a gull that had been ringed in Hungary!
Dear Bob, we have already sent off the form some time ago.
My friend Steve, a member of the BTO, says it could be a LONG time till anyone gets back to me! I'll tell everyone what the rings mean when some one eventually gets back to me!
If only our scheme was as efficient as the European one - continental ringers often reply within 24 hours!
Iris - many thanks for posting the photo of the ringed Coot on here. I've just been directed to Ispot by a friend of mine. I rung this bird on Southport Marine Lake on 23/12/2009 as a juvenile - as part of a study we're currently carrying out in the North West. We're aiming to gather more information on Coot movements around our area, as currently not a great deal is known about them.
To answer your questions - it is common to see up to 3 colour rings + a BTO metal ring on a species being studied by bird ringers, however they are not commonly seen on Coot. This is due to there only being two colour ringing projects on this species in the UK.
The three colour rings are part of a unique set allocated to each bird involved in the project - this is so the birds can be identified in the fields as individuals, and therefore do not need to be recaptured. As David says the metal rings are very hard to read in the field and reduce the amount of feedback we receive greatly.
Once you send details of to the BTO - it takes around 6-7 weeks to be processed and for the reporter to receive some information on the bird. The reason for the short delay is that the BTO receive hundreds of reports each week, and a small team of around 2-3 members of staff deal with the information.
Iris - Many thanks for sending your sighting onto Steve. He did forward this onto us and in return we provided the birds ringing details, I guess Steve has forwarded this onto you?
Any sightings of colour ringed Coot in the future, would be gratefully received and would really benefit the project. All sightings are acknowledged immediately with full ringing and re-sighting information. Sightings can be sent to kanebrides@googlemail./com
All the best
Kane Brides - www.birdringing.blogspot.com
Just to update the above information - this bird is now in Stanley Park in Blackpool!
Lat/Lng: 53.6, -3.0
OS grid ref: SD3418