NLRG was formed in 1957 to help in the study of birds in the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society area. There are currently 12 active ringers. Species currently being studied include: Pied Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Sand Martin, Twite, Goosander, Oystercatcher and Grey Wagtail. Migration has been studied for 28 years at Heysham. We welcome anyone who wants to observe, help or perhaps wish to become a ringer. Photo: A Heysham-ringed Twite on the Mull of Kintyre (thanks to Eddie Maguire)

Monday, 15 February 2010

Wintering Redwing

Redwing Recoverie fron Local Ringing
Green =in the same winter as ringing
Red = in following winters except the one in Finland which was in spring.

Redwing appear to be present in low numbers this winter an impression supported by several local birders. A recent ringing visit to one of our local roosts resulted in the catching of only three where in previous winters we have caught 20+. There were good numbers around in late October and early November so presumably they have moved on. Our past recoveries do suggest that some birds pass through our area to winter further south in France or west to Ireland. Our recoveries also show that birds can change their wintering areas from one year to the next with recoveries in Italy (2), Greece France, Portugal and Azerbyzhan in following winters. The down side is that all were shot!

John Wilson

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