Both these birds have rings.
No interactions present.
if photographed from both side,rings can often be read by zooming in on pc
The bird in the foreground of the right hand picture has colour rings and, on sanderling, these can be 'read' relatively easily using binoculars as the birds are usually quite approachable (you have to be patient and wait for them to stand still enough to be able to see the rings though!).
Details of the colour ringing project including where to send sightings and what details you need to record can be found here;
I think the prospect of reading the number on the metal ring without actually catching the bird is very unlikely for a bird of this size.
Waiting for them to stand still long enough is a key here and as the tide was receding, they were extremely busy indeed.
My next task today, is to report these rind sightings, as even the colour may give some guidance.
Full identification on one of these birds has been made and has been added to the Identification notes.
I may be being thick (not unusual!), but what do you mean by 'the Identification notes'?
My Flickr photos...
Sorry Ian, I added as an edit the information on one of the birds in the box alongside the 'Common name' box. Here is the information that I received from Jeroen Reneerkens of a group in the Netherlands and it is as follows. Colour code: Y6WYWG, - Ring number: H321284, - Ringed: 16/08/2012 at Griend, Netherlands N55.15.12 E05.15.58.
Ringer: Bernard Spaans - 2nd ringer Jeroen Reneerkens. This bird has been reported by two other people in the same vicinity.
In future, I will post any information in the 'comment' box. Regards.
Thanks for the info...always interesting to know where our wintering birds are coming from. Well done for spotting them and getting such good photos!
The one one the right - yellow flag ring - was photographed again yesterday at better definition and copies were sent to the Netherlands.
Lat/Lng: 50.69603, -1.932
OS grid ref: SZ048884