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, 21 January 2021

Recent Recoveries

The most unexpected recent recovery was a Blackcap ringed on 26 November  in Daves garden which sadly flew into a window 56 days later at Glastonbury Somerset 290 kms south on January 1st. Obviously a wintering bird that was still on the move. Our first recovery of a wintering Blackcap.

A Sedge Warbler in Loire Atlantique France  in mid August was the Groups 57th Sedge Warbler from France. Also we have had 59 from the south coast of Enngland. However we  have only had three from Spain and one from Portugal. Sedge Warblers prepare for a long haul flight by accumulating  fat reserves in southern Britain  and France before making a long haul flight across Iberia, North Africa and the Sahara.

Other recoveries were a colour ringed Oystercatcher ringed as a nestling in Norway in July 2020 and feeding on fields near Heysham this winter. Our 19th Oystercatcher from Norway.

A Mute Swan colour ringed ringed by the Swan Group in our area as a juvenile was seen in Dumfies still going  strong at 23 and a half years! National longetivity record is 29 years

We couldnt do our RAS Bearded Tit Study this year after 17 years due to the present restrictions. But   Bearded  Tits are still coming to the grit trays, there were five there last week which is quite late for such activity.


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