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.
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.
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.