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)

Sunday 9 February 2020

Nuthatch Study Update

Our colour ringed Nuthatch study  is based in Jerry and Barbara's woodland edge garden in Silverdale North Lancashire and is in its fourth year. Our aim is to study how many different Nuthatch visit the well stocked feeders over a  period each year from July to June and compare years and survival. Even with intensive observation one very  rarely sees more than  two Nuthatch on the feeders at once.
From June to January this year we  have recorded 250 colour ring sightings. We only record a bird once in each day. Despite 12 ringing visits  we have caught five  new birds but only six  retraps of four birds, this  really shows the  value of colour ringing. We also record sightings of unringed birds usually around ten per month.

In total  since June we have recorded 13 different birds visiting the feeders, of   these  five  have been recorded many times each month and are visiting regularly, one assumes that they have territories close by and they often visit in pairs. The other eight fall ino two catagories. Five have visited  only occasionally and not at all regulary missing several months and  are probably birds which have a territory further away and are attracted at times by the well stocked feeders. The other  three wer all birds newly ringed in July and August. All three were recorded several times shortly after ringing but then disappeared. Possibly they died, but in past years we have had several  reports of birds caught in late summer establishing territories  several miles away and coming regularly to feeders. So some of these birds are moving through looking for territories.

Our oldest bird is in its fourth year and appears to be mated to a three year old bird as they regularly visit together. Numbers visiting this year  were slighly down in late summer but have been average during the winter.

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Warbler Recoveries

Just been compiling the ringing report for last year and thought I would detail the warbler recoveries we have received.

A Reed Warbler was recaptured in Charente-Maritime coastal  south west France  33 days after ringing and  is our 30th record from France. This like 21 others was in August and had moved 974 kms on its first migration.

 A quicker mover was a Sedge Warbler, only  9 days after ringing, it was caught  in coastal  west France on August 11th. This juvenile weighed 10.5 grams and had no sign of any  fat,  but had travelled 763 kms. It is our 57th Sedge Warbler to be recovered in France of these 40 were in August. It was recaptured at a ringing station from which we have had 8 other Sedge Warblers.

 Chiffchaff reports included our third from the Channel Islands in late March. One ringed in November near Land's End Cornwall was found in our area in May. Another ringed in Dorset in late September was caught, probably still on migration in mid May. A juvenile ringed in mid June was recaptured in early October in Hampshire.