"Lucky Canutus" one very jammy Knot!
Amazingly after 30 minutes or so hung in a bird bag it was looking a lot more spritely and was duly ringed and flew off strongly on release. Just how nice would it be to get this bird recovered in Canada in 10 years time? If it happens I'll let you know. The owl no doubt went off and ate two Little Stints instead!
It is very sobering to think that if this pair of Shorties have caught just one wader a night each, every night since they turned up last autumn, they will have eaten their way through over 700 waders (twice as many as we have caught there in the same time!) If we could find where they were roosting I guess there would be a few interesting recoveries to be uncovered in their pellets.
Our night's catch was one other Knot, 6 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover and a Greenland Wheatear
Adult female Greenland Wheatear