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 2 March 2012

First Stop Sussex

Our latest batch of recoveries was one of our largest ever but it was dominated by controls from the Icklesham Ringing Station in East Sussex. These involved five Sand Martins a Sedge Warbler and six Reed Warblers.

One Sand Martin was caught at Icklesham just 12 days after ringing. With these five the group now has records of 113 Sand Martins found on autumn migration through Sussex almost all of them at Icklesham.

We now have 41 Reed Warbler records in Sussex all on Autumn migration. The six latest confirm the pattern of adults moving earlier than most juveniles . The three adults were controlled on July 11th, August 2nd and 15th, while the earliest juvenile was on August 29th and the other two on September 2nd and 15th. An adult Reed Warbler obviously made an earlier sea crossing for it was controlled in Belgium on August 20th 21 days after ringing. This is only our third Reed Warbler from Belgium.

Juvenile Sedge Warblers were reported from Powys and Icklesham , both in mid August. While one was controlled in Belgium in early August, our fourth record from that country.

A Greenfinch ringed in mid September was found dead 98 km south in Cheshire in early December. A Reed Bunting made a similar movement ringed in mid September and found wintering in Staffodshire in January,

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