Our latest batch of recoveries had some interesting ones for these two species. The highlight was a Greenfinch ringed at Abbotsbury Swannery Dorset last January and caught at Heysham on November 6th 2013, a movement north of 377 km. We have ringed nearly 11,000 Greenfinch and this is the second longest movement only being beaten by a movement of 392km to the Scottish Highlands. Previous recoveries have shown a similar movement S to SE in winter with recoveries in Shropshire, Nottingham, Hereford, Suffolk and Norfolk. The other recent Greenfinch recovery was 109 km NE to Cleveland in August being ringed in our area in February. Again we have 11 other similar recoveries suggesting a winter movement from the NE to our milder west coast area.
Our Twite are ringed at a feeding station at Heysham where we have ringed 1187 in recent years. Three birds caught this winter had been ringed at Machrihanish BO(2) and Sanda Island, both in Argyll and Bute a movement of 239 km.These recoveries bring the total Twite showing the movement between this breeding area and our wintering site to 27. Obviously this is an important breeding area for our wintering Twite but other recoveries extend the known breeding area further north to the Highlands and Strathclyde.
Other recoveries reported recently included three Sand Martins ringed in the River Lune colonies and caught in the same roost at Aube in Western France, bringing our total of Sand Martins recovered in France to 43. A Lesser Redpoll ringed in our area in May was caught at Sandwich Bay Kent on 16th November 394 km SE. Eleven previous recoveries have shown a similar S to SE movement for the winter.