Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Waxham Recoveries and first Whitlingham session

On Monday we did our first Whitlingham session of the year, for mid May it was pretty good, catching 43 birds, made up of Garden Warblers, Linnets, Whitethoats, Blackcaps, Song Thrushes, a few tits and bits and pieces.

Continuing on the same vein as recent posts, another recoveries post, this time some Waxham birds.

Several of our lesser redpolls have been recaptured: 2 from mid October 2011, one retrapped in Surrey 516 days later and one in Loppem, Belgium 26 days later.

One from mid October 2012 moved locally to Eccles 62 days later.

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After a long wait, we have found out about a female Blackcap which was caught on 10th September 2010 and retrapped on 12th September 2010 on the island of Texel in the Netherlands.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

More recoveries - Swans on the move

Among the batch of recent recoveries we've had from the BTO were a load of Mute Swan recoveries, most of these were ring reads at Whitlingham, where we ring the birds, but a few birds went elsewhere.

Some Mutes moved out into the broads: W**537, 539 and 540 were all rung on 29th February 2012 as young birds, possibly a family. 537 & 540 moved to Hoveton and were alive and well having their rings read in November. Sadly 539 was taken out by powerlines in March at Cantley, was he/she with the others at this time?

A Mute Swan, ringed at Bure Marshes as an adult in August 2010, found its way all the way to west Wales where it was found dead in March 2013.

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Another great foreign report came from a Willow Warbler; ringed as a recently fledged juvenile at our CES in the broads on 11th July 2012, it was then retrapped by a ringer on its spring migration in northern Spain on 8th April 2013. Wonder where it spent the winter? Hope it made it back to UK from Spain.

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Friday, 10 May 2013

Cantley Recoveries

A mass of recoveries have just come in from the BTO. These are the records from Cantley, a site we started ringing after several years of it not being rung. To say we only did less than half a dozen sessions and it was a poor breeding year, this is an impressive haul of recoveries.

Looking at the tragectory, I wonder if the Spanish Reed Warbler passed through Icklesham? Then maybe through Le Havre (where many thousands of acros also pass through?), and if you continues the trajectory it goes straight to the Straights of Gibraltar. We've also had recovery of reed warbler from near La Rochelle before, also on this exact trajectory.

Also a Sedge Warbler that hit Power lines? Very Strange... faulty ring read maybe?

Ringed in Cantley

Reed Warbler - Age 3J - Cantley 28-Jul-2012
  - Retrapped Icklesham, East Sussex 12-Aug-2012

Reed Warbler - Age 3J - Cantley 28-Jul-2012
  - Retrapped Icklesham, East Sussex 12-Aug-2012

Sedge Warbler - Age 3 - 
Cantley 28-Jul-2012
  - Retrapped Levington, near River Orwell, Suffolk 10-Aug-2012

Sedge Warbler - Age 3 - Cantley 28-Jul-2012
  - Retrapped Oorderen, Antwerpen, Belgium 04-Aug-2012

Reed Warbler - Age 3 - Cantley 04-Aug-2012
  - Retrapped Icklesham, East Sussex 15-Aug-2012

Sedge Warbler - Age 3 - Cantley 04-Aug-2012
  - Retrapped Icklesham, East Sussex 09-Aug-2012

Reed Warbler - Age 3J - Cantley 05-Aug-2012
  - Retrapped Walberswick, Suffolk 08-Aug-2012

Reed Warbler - Age 3 - Cantley 14-Aug-2012
  - Retrapped Icklesham, East Sussex 02-Sep-2012

Reed Warbler - Age 3J - Cantley 02-Sep-2012
  - Retrapped Salburua, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain 11-Sep-2012

Sedge Warbler - Age 3J - Cantley 03-Sep-2012 
  - Dead, Hit power lines!, Chessington, Greater London 08-Sep-2012

Sand Martin - Age 3 - Cantley 03-Sep-2012
  - Retrapped Icklesham, East Sussex 05-Sep-2012

Contolled in Cantley

Reed Warbler - Age 4 - Cantley 04-Aug-2012
  - Ringed Walberswick, Suffolk 14-Aug-2011 Age 3

Old Retraps

Reed Warbler - Age 4 - Cantley 11-July-2012 (bird now 3 years old)
  - Ringed Cantley 21-Aug-2009 Age 3

 Reed Warbler - Age 4 - Cantley 05-Aug-2012 (bird now 4 years old)
  - Ringed Cantley 25-Aug-2008 Age 3