Monday, 16 December 2019

November - recoveries come in from France, Belgium, The Gambia and Devon!

With only Bedfont and Woolley Firs operating this month, the total of 269 compares well with recent
Novembers.

No surprises in top species with Blue Tit on 105, Great Tit on 46 and Long-tailed Tit at 25, but 9 Redwing and 6 Gt. Spotted Woodpecker added to the total. Single records of Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer added interest.

We had some interesting returns from birds we'd ringed arriving this month - such foreign records can take a time to work their way to the BTO.

A Common Tern, ringed at Bedfont in July turned up in The Gambia (4,500km SSE) this month.

A female Reed Warbler, breeding at Bedfont this summer, was caught in the Bay of Biscay (750km S) in August.

A male Blackcap ringed in Wraysbury last summer, turned up in Belgium (330km ESE) this August and a Chiffchaff, we ringed last September also appeared on the continent, near Calais, this October.

A Redwing, ringed at Stanwellmoor Gravel Pits in October turned up in Devon (214km WSE) this month too.

And two of our Blue Tit chicks from this year's broods, one each from Woolley Firs and Bedfont turned up at Queen Mary Reservoir on the same day this October.

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