Monday, 6 February 2017

Recent ringing recoveries


Drake Mallard GR73925 was caught and ringed at Pitsford Reservoir on 1st April 2016, one of a small number we catch every year. This bird was shot at Rushton on or about 24th January this year, one of a run of birds reported by wildfowlers during the last few months with other birds shot locally at Lamport and Maidwell. It seems that many of our local Mallard simply spend their lives locally moving between waters big and small, with an unknown proportion falling to the guns.

A Fieldfare was caught at Pitsford Reservoir on 6th January last year and was caught again by another ringer at Clew Bridge in Lancashire on 22nd October 2016. A duration of 290 days and 185km distance between the two sites tells us that this bird successfully wintered in the UK during the 2015/2016 season and decided to come back to try again! What it doesn't tell us is where this bird originated, but arriving in Northern England in October might suggest that this bird is probably of Scandinavian stock.


Neil M

Pied Wagtail.

Grey Heron.

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