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, 22 February 2016

A Record Year for Goldcrest

Just been looking at the Groups ringing totals for the year. Goldcrest at 531 new birds  had the best year ever. The graph below shows our ringing totals since 1992. Only in 2005 did we come any where near this years total.  Of the 531ringed 515 were ringed in late summer and autumn and probably reflects the large numbers that were reported on the east coast this last autumn. A recovery received today of one ringed at Gibraltar Point Lincolnshire on 11 October and caught at Middleton 21 days later certainly proves the link. Another recovery received  earlier was even quicker. It was ringed at Whitby on the Yorkshire coast on 12 October and recaptured at Leighton Moss 11 days later.
Amazing that these tiny birds  can  fly across the North Sea from Scandinavia  as two of our previous recoveries from Norway and Denmark prove.

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