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)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Redpoll and Siskin Recoveries

The results of our spring garden ringing of these two species which were caught in unprecedented numbers, have started to come through from the BTO.

Lesser Redpoll
Birds ringed in late autumn or winter from Surrey, Sussex, Suffolk and Derby were caught in our area in spring. While one ringed in West Lothan in September was also caught.  These reports fit in well with other recoveries and show the wintering area of our spring passage birds to be mainly in the south of England

By contrast four of the reports of this species were from the breeding area , two in Northern Scotland and one in SW Scotland. This brings the total of  Siskin ringed or controlled in our area to 19 from Northern Scotland and nine from the SW Scotland.

Other Recoveries
Two belated reports from 2010 were of a Sand Martin in Spain in August making this our ninth report from this country. A Sedge Warbler from Belgium making it the fifth from that country.


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