Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Ringers Report: May 2015


Ringers Report!

'Ringers Report' is a new blog series where the ringers of NGB can showcase all that they have ringed and what has turned up in the nets over the past month. June's 'Ringers Report' will be going up on the first week of July, reminder will be posted in the 'Young Ringers' Facebook group.

Daniel Wade - Kvismaren Bird Observatory, Sweden.
Though currently my role at the observatory is mainly census and survey based I have been getting hands on with some ringing in relation to a couple of ongoing projects including the colour ringing of 2 Savi's Warblers, 2 Ortolan Buntings and a female Great Reed Warbler. It's been great to experience some new species in the hand and learn about more scientific practices such as blood sampling for DNA and RNA analysis. We also controlled a Gdansk ringed Robin a couple of weeks back, which was very welcome!
I can only anticipate what fun lies. Ahead as I enter my last fortnight at the observatory!

Dan Rouse - Gower Ringing Group, Wales
No rarities to report in the nets but amazing numbers have turned up at our CES site, Lesser Whitethroat and Mistle Trush being highlights so far this year. At our Oxwich site, which I have shamefully on been to once this month, we've had great numbers of finches and warbler with Cetti's, Reed, Gropper and Sedge all being present. Again, another Mistle thrush rocked up making that the group's 6th of the year! In Wales last year there were only 10 caught (2 pulli), so we're off to a great start with the species!

Amy Robjohns - Farlington, Hampshire
I've been ringing a couple of times in May down at Farlington Marshes (Hampshire). Some sessions have been rather quiet with a few birds ringed although our latest session (20th May) yielded almost 50 birds. We've mostly been ringing warblers, particularly reed warblers, whitethroats and blackcaps. Highlights this month have been a skylark, great spotted woodpecker, lesser whitethroat, and more recently fledglings!

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Jonnie Fisk - Spurn
Just got back a control Blackcap I ringed 16/-4/15 found dead (hit window) 163km away in Beccles 02/05/15. Spurn to Suffolk in 16 days.

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