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, 20 July 2013

A Day to Remeber

May 5th 2013 will certainly go down in the annals of the group as a red letter day. Mark and Dave ringed at two gardens on the edge of Bowland and caught 129 birds the bulk of which were Lesser Redpoll with 9 Siskin. Good catch, but the amazing thing was that 9 of these birds (7 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Siskin) were controls. Their first thought was that they were birds ringed just a short distance away in the Ribble Valley. However we now have details of 6 of the Redpolls and a Siskin.

Of the Lesser Redpolls one was ringed just 8 days previously in  Lincolnshire, one ringed late March at Thetford in Norfolk. Others were from winter or autumn passage  ringing in Sussex,  Cheshire, South Yorkshire and Cumbria. The Siskin had been ringed just 15 days previously at the same site in Lincolnshire as the Redpoll.

There is usually a passage of Lesser Redpolls through our area in early May, but this year with the poor spring weather  passage lasted right through May. In  total the group caught 256 Redpolls during May.of which 20 were controls. Details have come through from the Ringing Office of  13 of these and besides the ones  detailed above they included birds ringed in winter in  Kent, Surrey (2) ,Norfolk, Suffolk, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

No comments: