Monday, 13 June 2016

More ringing recoveries...


An early walk at Harrington Airfield this morning provided views of a single Turtle Dove and a single Grey Partridge. Willow Warblers collecting food and calling anxiously indicates successful breeding and the Common Spotted Orchids are in good numbers and looking particularly stunning.

Some more ringing recoveries have been received, providing more data hopefully for future conservation measures:-

D870674 refers to a young female Blackcap initially ringed at Linford Lakes on the outskirts of Milton Keynes on 5th September last year. She pitched up again 253 days later, this time at Paxton Pits, Cambridgeshire on 15th May this year, some 42km ENE of the original ringing site.

A couple of moribund Greenfinches were reported, one the victim of a cat in Greens Norton (the same village where it was first ringed) and another was found dying at Kelmarsh village just a short distance from Kelmarsh Hall where it had been ringed four months earlier.

S122705 was another John Woollett Siskin ringed at Astcote on 31st March this year, which was then caught by another ringer in Melvich, the Highland Region, Scotland on 1st May 2016. This small finch had flown north for 731km before being re-captured.

A female Barn Owl picked up dead by Cathy Ryden at Creaton earlier this spring had been ringed as a nestling near Maidwell on 12th August 2013. She appeared to be a brooding bird so the death was particularly tragic. She had only moved some 6km from where she had been raised; 992 days had elapsed between the two records.

The last bird recovery is very much of an international flavour. A Sedge Warbler caught by Ian Wrisdale over at Stanwick Gravel Pits on 15th May this year was first ringed as a juvenile bird at Trunvel, Treogat, Finistere, France on 8th August 2015. A gap of 281 days had elapsed between the two dates and Stanwick is NNE of Trunvel. However this bird will have wintered south of the Sahara in the meantime so as is often the way with ringing, we only see a thin slice of the whole story.


Neil M

Sedge Warbler

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