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 July 2014

Reed Warblers Bounce Back

After a period of very low catches (see my last post) with catches as low as 2 per session. Reed Warblers have come good over our last three RAS catches. This culminated in todays catch of 47 which consisted of 11 adults and 36 Juveniles.

We have now caught  96 different adults as part of the RAS study. This compares with 146 in the whole season in 2013 and an average of 190 over the 17 years of our study at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve.
Our total catch so far this year is 249 compared to 1021 in 2013 but there is  well over 2 month to go.

Sedge Warblers though have so far been low with only 19 caught to date. Most of the birds we catch are passage birds so may be they are  rather late this year. Bearded Tits though  are doing well with 45 juveniles caught compared with just 48 in the whole of 2013.

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