A good mate of mine, Pete Potts has been studying godwits for many years, and birds are colour-ringed in Iceland, the UK and I believe Portugal. These birds seemed to have different types of colour combinations which could suggest that they have been ringed in different locations, or are part of different schemes. In addition I could not see a metal ring on any of the birds, which could also suggest that they have not been ringed in the UK.
|This bird had four colour rings - orange over black or right tibia, orange on|
left tibia and red on left tarsus
|This bird had white over white, with the letters A9 on the right tibia, orange|
over white on the white tibia and red on the left tarsus
|This bird had red on the right tibia, green on the left tibia and another|
ring on the left tibia. It was difficult to decipher this ring but I think it is a
discoloured white ring but it may be yellow
I tried to contact Pete but he was away for the weekend. Hopefully he will be able to give me their history, but I will submit the details to the BTO too, and let you know once I have found out.