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)

Wednesday 10 June 2009

Nest Box News (3)

Great and Blue Tits using our nest boxes this year appear to have had the best season for several years. With just 3 nests still to fledge the results for 3 schemes within the Arnside/Silverdale area and 1 in Roeburndale make encouraging reading as follows-

Great Tit Of 51 occupied nest boxes no fewer than 46 have fledged young. Only 4 dead young were found at the last visit.

Blue Tit Of 33 occupied boxes 28 produced young, only 4 dead young were found at the last visit. The largest brood was 11 all fledging succesfully.

3 broods of Nuthatch fledged and 3 of Marsh Tit.

It will be interesting to see if this good breeding success transalates into high catches during our summer and autumn ringing.

John Wilson