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)

Friday 10 February 2012

Some More Local Movements

The latest batch of recoveries featured some interesting local movements. A Barn Owl ringed as a nestling in our area last spring was unfortunately killed on the road at Penrith in October having moved 57 kms north.

A Goldfinch ringed on the Calf of Man on 17th of May as an adult female was caught while visiting a feeding station in Over Kellet in November136 km east. Goldfinches from feeding stations in our area have been found breeding on Islay and wintering as far south as Sussex and Berkshire.

A Lesser Redpoll caught at the same feeding station in early April had been ringed in Staffordshire 20 days previously. Redpoll moving through our area in spring have been reported as wintering in Sussex, Surrey, Gt London, Hereford and Hampshire.

Two Reed Bunting show the typical movements through our area. a Juvenile ringed in Cumbria in July was at Leighton Moss in October while one ringed at Middleton Nature Reserve in September 2010 was in Cheshire just over a year later. We have had four other Reed Bunting from our area wintering in Cheshire but others have moved as far south as Dorset and Kent.


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