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, 7 July 2010

Many Resident Species have had an Excellent Breeding Season

Feedback from Group Members suggests that many of our resident passerine species have had a very successful season judging by the numbers of young birds being ringed. Tits especially are present in very good numbers. Catches of Blue, Great, Marsh and Long-tailed Tits at Leighton Moss for example are up between 50 and 60 % on last year. There also seem more Treecreeper, Dunnock and Goldcrest than usual although the numbers in both years are smaller than the previous species.

First impressions also are that Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap are also present in good numbers. But it is quite early to be fully certain for these migrant species.

Most of our breeding waders seem to have had a successful season on the upland and river valley areas but numbers are very poor on the salt marshes which have dried up completely this year.


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