Sunday, 11 November 2012

A fantastic week

The weather picked up a bit this week and made for some nice days birding and ringing. Migration seemed to pick up mid week and saw decent numbers of Waxwings arriving too. We ringed somewhere near a hundred birds though I won't mention full totals. Highlights included 2 Firecrests and 3 Waxwings.
Waxwing 2cy+ female - Bombycilla garrulus

Firecrest - Regulus ignicapillus - 1cy Male
 We also caught OK numbers of Thrushes, some Blackbirds, Redwings and Fieldfares; few Redwings.

Migrants this week

Whooper Swan - 5
Mute Swan - 3
Rough-legged Buzzard - 3
Red Kite - 2
Buzzard - 10
Sparrowhawk - 9
Merlin - 1
Peregrine - 1
Kestrel - 1
Rook - 49
Long-tailed duck - 46
Velvet Scoter - 6
Common Scoter - 82
Eider - 1800+
Red-throated Diver - 40
Black-Throated Diver - 1
Scaup - 12
Little Gull -5
Waxwing - 1320
Fieldfare - 840
Starling - 55
Redwing - 350
Goldfinch - 00's
Chaffinch/Brambling - 00's
Greenfinch - 00's
Siskin - 00's
Redpoll - 200+
Linnet - 25
Twite - 80
Bullfinch - 40
Yellowhammer - 75
Reed Bunting - 13
Snow Bunting - 6
Woodlark - 5

Again, migrant numbers are minimums as I can't watch all day, everyday!

Recent recoveries

I also received news of some recoveries of recently ringed birds. A Song Thrush I ringed in October was found freshly dead having been killed by a cat; though it did travel 511km in 154days before hand.
Song Thrush movement, 511km in 15 days

Another, 'better' recovery was the finding of a Blue Tit ringed October 3rd which traveled 548km in 19days and was caught and released by a ringer in the Netherlands. This recovery was actually the furthest Southerly recovery of a Danish ringed Blue Tit, ever. (See map below.)

Blue Tit movement, 548km in 19days.

I also have some findings of birds controlled here to report so maybe over the next few weeks we will find out some more interesting data. In fact I caught 5 Long-tailed Tits from Sweden with consecutive ring numbers.

Long-tailed Tits (3 types) - Heather McGinty
The picture above shows 3 types of Long-tailed tit. The left 2 and the far right are the northern Aegithalos C. Caudatus. The 3rd from left and 2 inside right birds are of europeus ssp. The central bird is somewhere inbetween. Apologies for the mixing up, but if you kept up you did well.

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