Manx RG ringing totals for December 2011
There were plenty of resightings of Rock Pipits recorded during the month as the birds utilised their favoured beaches for the winter. With almost 100 Rock Pipits now individually colour ringed it is becoming evident that the influx of birds into the likes of Port Mooar, Niarbyl and Gansey in the Autumn are merely local breeders congregating back on selected beaches for the Winter as opposed to off-island migrants arriving here.
Rock Pipit - photo by Sean Gray
We are, however, ever hopeful of an off-island sighting of one of our colour ringed 'Rockits' to prove this wrong!