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)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Siskins Pass Through

We are starting to catch good numbers of Siskins at three of our feeding stations. This movement is quite typical of this time of year and we have already caught two birds carrying rings from elsewhere.

From past ringing we know that many of these birds have wintered further south with birds ringed in Somerset and Cheshire in winter caught here in March.

The destination of our birds is mainly Scotland, with eight recoveries mainly in the breeding season, one of them only nine days after ringing, so the movement can be quite fast.

That birds from further afield also pass through is proved by a recovery in south Sweden. This bird was killed by a cat 58 days after ringing on 27th February. Another bird ringed in March was found in Belgium in November.

With the Siskins are smaller numbers of Lesser Redpolls,


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