Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Ringing recoveries


The latest set of ringing recoveries have come through following Northants Ringing Group activities as follows:-

1.  An adult female Reed Warbler bearing a Portuguese ring was caught at Stortons Pits, Northampton on 6th July 2019 and was presumably breeding on-site. This bird was originally ringed as an adult at Herdade dos Forninhos which is near Beja in Portugal way back on 26th August 2015. 1410 days has elapsed between the two records and the distance between the two sites is 1722km, although of course this bird will have travelled many thousands of km during it's time!

2.  A juvenile Great Tit was caught and ringed in the village of Astcote, South Northants on 23rd June 2014 and was unfortunately taken by a cat in the same village on 5th January this year. 2022 days had elapsed during this time and no doubt it had produced a number of clutches itself during the last five years. Great Tits regularly forage on the floor and this habit means they are susceptible to attacks by ground predators as well as regularly picking up ticks and other parasites;

3.  A juvenile Blue Tit was ringed at Stanford Reservoir, Northamptonshire on 21st September 2019 and was caught again and processed at Kelmarsh Hall on 10th January this year. 111 days had elapsed between the two records and this Blue Tit had moved 14km east during that time. Time will tell if Kelmarsh will be it's new home now!

Eleanor went out for a long and muddy run around the Brampton Valley Way and other footpaths this morning and notched up a singing Chiffchaff at Maidwell Sewer Works (next to Draughton Crossing on the BVW) and four Ravens in the valley below Hanging Houghton. I noted Ravens this morning in the village here at Hanging Houghton and over the Sailing Club at Pitsford Reservoir.


Neil M

Reed Warbler.

Great Tit courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

Blue Tit.


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