Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Local Bird Ringing


A ringing session took place today at Kelmarsh Hall, a small team capturing just over a hundred birds. Twenty-three Goldfinches was a good total, supported with smaller numbers of Greenfinches and Chaffinches and a re-trap Lesser Redpoll (from Scotland Wood in December 2015).

This is a regular ringing site but we still caught new Blue Tits and Great Tits and a couple of new Coal Tits too. Two re-trap Great Spotted Woodpeckers were several years old and have been captured a number of times over the years. Other birds noted on site included a singing Grey Wagtail.

Notification came through today of a Goldfinch recovery from the autumn. A juvenile Goldfinch was caught and ringed at Harrington Airfield on 20th September 2015 and re-captured by a ringer operating in Chilworth, Surrey on 5th January 2016. By that time the plumage characteristics had changed and it was possible to identify the gender as female. This recovery was 132km due south from the ringing site, and 107 days later...


Neil M

Juvenile Goldfinch

Goldfinch in adult plumage

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