Friday, 17 January 2020

December & 2019's a wrap - Red Kite added to list but poor year for Redpoll

In a month when weather and social pressures conspired against ringing, it is amazing that 8 sessions
were possible, especially as there was no activity at garden sites. 123 birds of 19 species were ringed with Blue Tit top at 62, Great Tit at 23 and Goldcrest at 11.

Good captures this month were Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff and 2 Yellowhammer.

2019
New species for the group were 3 Red Kite and a Lesser black-backed Gull, whilst others, rarely ringed by the Group, were Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Nightingale, Redstart and Stonechat.

Blackcap were top species at 1513 followed by Blue Tit 672, Whitethroat 394 and Chiffchaff 390. But did we really only ring one Kingfisher, 3 Siskin and 7 Lesser Redpoll?

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