Sean sent this picture which he took today and I couldn't resist posting it on here. It shows a portion of the flock of 53 Twite at the Point of Ayre Landfill site perched on the fence.
The picture shows how well the colour rings can be seen on the birds showing five of the birds ringed this year (White ring over Blue/Orange striped ring) and one which we ringed in December (third bird from right - you can just see the lower ring which is Green/White striped).
The colour rings we are putting on the Twite are part of a British Isles wide scheme which has already reaped great insights into this 'species of conservation concern' by identifying the breeding and wintering sites of specific populations in the UK. Hopefully we will now be able to identify the breeding areas of Manx Twite as well as see if there is any dispersal to other wintering sites here on the Island or indeed to elsewhere in the British Isles.