Oystercatcher -Ringing

Haematopus ostralegus – PIODEN Y MOR – Breeding resident and passage migrant

In recent years, a number of waders have been ringed in Pembrokeshire, mainly around the Gann Estuary. Many have been resighted locally (in Pembrokeshire), but those oystercatchers that have been seen further afield are shown below. The number shown against each pin is the number on the ring.

Please report all sightings, including those in Pembrokeshire, so that we get a better picture of where the birds wintering here go to, how long they stay here, etc.

The furthest recorded Oystercatcher (number 55) was ringed 7th March 2018, it had not been resighted until it turned up on the 2nd April 2020 in Brynjudalsvogur, Hvalfjörður, Iceland (please use your own pronunciation!)

Pembs Ringing Group
From the Pembrokeshire Bird Blog 04/05/2020


Icelandic ringed individual (yellow-orange-white) at Amroth on 15 Feb, had been ringed as an adult near Selfoss, Iceland in May 2017, later that year, in August, it was seen in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. The following year it was back near Selfoss and in 2019. In February 2020 it was again seen in Pontevedra, then back in Selfoss.
Another Icelandic bird (niger over green left leg; pale grey UY right leg), that had been ringed in SW Iceland as a pullus on 2/6/2020, was at the Gann on 30 April and at Kilpaison, Angle Bay in May. It had previously been seen near Black Mixen (Carew/Cresswell) on 12 Dec 2020.

More about the Oystercatcher in Pembrokeshire