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)

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Waxwings Move Out and Return

From late October through to early January there was an unprecedented influx of Waxwings into North Lancashire. Colour ringing returns from birds ringed near Aberdeen by the Grampian RG suggested a fairly rapid movement through. The best example of this relating to our area was a bird colour ringed at Aberdeen on 31/10 sighted at Leighton Moss on 14/12 and re-sighted ten days later at Ely in Cambridgeshire. We have just received details of a bird the group ringed on 30/10 at the start of the invasion it was killed by a cat at Chelmsford Essex 358 km SE on 18/01.

However birds are starting to return there was a flock of 42 in Morecambe today. If more turn up it will be well worth while searching for colour rined birds.

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