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, 9 July 2012

A Better Morning

The record high water levels at Leighton Moss continue to hamper our ringing but we did manage to erect three nets this morning at a site where we usually have at least double that number. Some more juvenile Reed Warblers were caught and eventually we caught eight juvenile Bearded Tits. From their eye colour all were from early broods and this was confirmed by the fact that four had been ringed in the nest boxes in late April. Despite this welcome catch making 12 for the year,
I still feel that breeding success has been poor, usually by this time we would have caught 40- 50 young although this years difficult conditions mean we have not been able to put in as much effort. John

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