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, 13 June 2012

A Pied Flycatcher Round Up

Spent four hours yesterday with Ian Hartley catching the male Pied Flycatchers in one of Paul's nest box study areas in Roeburndale. In total we caught males at 11 boxes and also two females that Paul had missed. The first discovery was that one hard working  male was feeding young at two adjacent boxes. This is the third time that we have proved this to happen in our study.

Of the ten males that we caught all bar one was already ringed! A quick check on our database showed that they had all been ringed  as nestlings either in Roeburndale or the adjacent valley of Hindburndale so had not moved very far at all. This is admittedly a small sample but taken with data from other woods  it appears that male Pied Flycatchers are more likely to return to their natal areas than the females.

Most of the nests had well grown young. That there was plenty of insect food within the wood was very clear to us- we were almost eaten alive by midges!  You had only to brush against  foliage to  have caterpillars on your clothing. The highlight of the day was the discovery of a Woodcock nest with four eggs.


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