A monthly roundup of ringing highlights from young birders, whether it be birds ringed, rings read or controlled in the field or ringing recoveries reported from elsewhere. Bird movements are amazing!
Craig Reed, 20 - Staffordshire
"September provided to be a good month attempting to net some lingering summer migrants left at our sites in Staffordshire. Reed Warblers, Blackcap and Chiffchaff provided the bulk but a couple of late(ish) Willow Warblers was a nice surprise. A number of Swallows were caught on one evening session and a ringing demonstration provided very productive with a feeding station been netted for the first time this autumn, and resulting in a large number of 'new' finches and tit species. The demo also included my first Stock Dove, a species that often seems to avoid the nets despite having decent populations at a number of our sites!"
Dan Rouse - Gower, Swansea
"September meant the BTO Cymru ringing course was brought to our Oxwich site. Throughout the course we had a number of good species including Stonechat, Whinchat, Swallow and plenty of finches. After the course, our usual sessions continued and some unexpected birds turned up which got everyone excited, these included Lesser Redpoll, Kingfisher and Skylark! Skylarks aren't too common on the site, though annual, but still a species I love seeing! We set up our pipit triangle with tape which resulted in 70+ Mipits and c10 Tree Pipits, we noticed there were wagtails going to roost at the bottom of one of our nets so the tape was played and 5 White Wagtails made an appearance!"
Tim Jones, 23 - Spurn Bird Obs, East Yorkshire
"A stunning juvenile Little Ringed Plover was only the 6th ringed at the observatory, a dusky juvenile House Martin was 'interesting' as was an influx of probable continental Dunnocks with big wings and white belly patches while ringing with Zac Hinchcliffe. September also brought some drift migrants including a Red-backed Shrike, Barred Warbler, several Redstarts and a Tree Pipit"
|dark-rumped House Martin|
|probable conti Dunnock|