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)

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A Look Back at the Summer and Autumn

Given that the ringing at our three main sites tends to be reasonably consistent from year to year our catches of many species should give an idea of productivity for those species which we catch in reasonable numbers.

With all returns now in all the indications are that 2010 was a good breeding season for most of our warblers. Below I list the numbers of new birds ringed this year compared with the average catch over the past three year which are shown in brackets.

Willow Warbler 570 (330)
Chiffchaff 219 (140)
Reed Warbler 648 (700)
Sedge Warbler 369 (310)
Grasshopper W 27 (14)
Whitethroat 93 (45)
Lesser White. 53 (25)
Blackcap 80 (79)

Catches of many of our residents also suggest good productivity especially Blue, Coal, and Long-tailed tits and Goldfinch.


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