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)

Monday 14 October 2013

Grey Wagtail Sighting

This year at Heysham we have trapped and colour ringed 82 Grey Wagtails during the autumn passage (including four trapped nearby at Middleton NR).  The first was caught on the 3rd September and the last just 6 days ago on the 8th October.  One individual has possibly chosen to remain in the area as it was ringed on 9th Sptember and retrapped on the 8th October - this has been the only retapped bird.

This morning, whilst at the hut, my phone bleeped with a text message from Skokholm Island telling me that one of 'our' birds had just been sighted there. The colour combination was that of a bird caught on the 4th October - the last but one caught this year.  This is the only sighting so far this season although it is early yet and hopefully more will be reported.


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