READ RINGING PAGES by Risto Juvaste
The term “READ RING” is here used for individually text
coded at field readable (colour) rings (bands). The main thing is to differ
them from usual COLOUR RINGS which are not individual or need a set of
different rings for identity of a bird. In the same way I use the terms “READ”
a ring or “READ RINGING” or even “READS” for sightings. In
USA terms "read band" and "read banding" could be used.
Note MY HERRING GULL PROJECT IN FINLAND 2005Red rings with white code (CnQn) (where ‘n‘ is a number and ‘Q’ is a letter X,Y, or Z).
THESE TO straight to me (not via Finnish Ringing Centre)
Risto Juvaste, Viljakaari 4, SF-80510 Onttola, Finland
e-mail : rr(ät)juvaste.fi
In this project 246 gulls were ringed in 2005, without a metal ring. There are also small check marks (spot or – or 1) at different heights (top, middle or bottom) between C and the first number or spot in the middle : these are good to write down, though normally not needed. They are for a study use of check marks.
Actually in many cases we do not even need the colour of the read ring in order to identify the individuals (in Finland we have used thousands Cxxxx codes, which are not overlapping with any colour or species). The main idea is that these rings have a few characters (usually letters and/or numbers), which are designed to be READ at field (usually by binoculars or telescope and also by cameras and digiscoping). Colours, situation and direction of the code and ring can give extra information for identification (these can include "secret check codes").
Note All kind of comments in order to improve these pages
For colour ringing projects, schemes etc. look at Dirk Rae's site European colour - ring Birding
My "Herring Gulls at Dumps" www-pages IN FINNISH only