Saturday, 24 June 2017

More ringing recoveries...

Hello

Another batch of ringing recoveries with a local association have kindly been sent though by Nick Wood and include the following...

1. An adult male Siskin (S122683) was ringed by John Woollett at Astcote on 29th March 2016 and was found dying only two days ago (22nd June 2017) at Resipole, Argyll in the Highlands district of Scotland. That is a lapsed period of 450 days and the bird was presumably breeding 586km NNW of where initially ringed by John in his garden.

2. A first year male Siskin (S122504) also ringed by John at Astcote on 7th March 2016 (he was invaded by Siskins at this time!) has been re-trapped by a ringer operating in Drummond near Inverness, again in the Highlands. This bird must be struggling with the concept of mist nets because he was caught and released three times this month - on 10th, 12th and 13th June! Clearly another bird that is assumed to be breeding 622km NNW of Astcote, initially being re-trapped 460 days later.

3. S215098 relates to a male Goldfinch that was ringed at Hanging Houghton on 12th December 2016 and sadly was found freshly dead in Bedford on 18th June 2017, a mere distance of 37 km in a south-easterly direction 188 days later.

4. A juvenile female Blackcap was ringed (Y635398) at Marsworth Reservoir, Tring in Hertfordshire on 22nd September 2013 and then turned up in a mist net at Linford Lakes on the edge of Milton Keynes on 18th June this year. This now adult (four year old) female bird is presumably trying to breed locally, being re-trapped 1365 days after the initial ringing date just 29km to the NNW (but surely having travelled south to the Mediterranean or beyond four times in between).

5. An adult Reed Warbler was ringed (Y634425) at Wilstone Reservoir, Tring, Hertfordshire on 22nd June 2013 and was re-trapped again at Linford Lakes on 18th June 2017 when identified as an adult male bird. This individual is at least five years old and like the Blackcap will have travelled huge distances during the last five seasons albeit that it's potential breeding site this year is only about 30km north of where first caught (and 1477 days later).

Regards

Neil M


Slow worm.

Scarlet Tiger moth.

Elephant Hawk-moth.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

All images taken by John
Gamble in Dorset last week-end.



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