Friday, 29 January 2016

Ringing Recoveries


Little in the way of birds to report today - I did notice a Willow Tit at Scotland Wood and a Raven at Kelmarsh whilst trundling between feeding stations...

A couple of international ringing recoveries have been received of birds first caught and ringed at Stortons Gravel Pits...

The first relates to a Reed Warbler hatched in 2015 and caught and ringed initially on 29th August 2015. Whether this was a bird reared at Stortons or a bird already on passage migration is difficult to ascertain. This bird was caught again by ringers in Saint-Clement-des-Baleines, Charente-Maritime which is on the Atlantic seaboard in South West France 22 days later on 20th September 2015. In that time this young bird had flown 668km due south.

The second is a rather belated report referring to an adult male Blackbird first caught and ringed on 18th October 2009. This migrant thrush was found freshly dead on 1st March 2011 on the southern tip of Norway at a place called Farsund, some 449 days and 813km north-east from where it had first been processed. Presumably this Scandanavian-origin bird had over-wintered successfully in the UK during the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 winters and was returning to its breeding grounds when it met its fate.


Neil M

Reed Warbler

Adult male Blackbird

Both images courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

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