Author: North Lancs Ringing Group

Nest Box Progress and Recent Recoveries

 Its been a difficult season so far for our nest boxes. A few Great and Blue Tits started at the usual time, but most are 10-15 days late no doubt due to the cold April . Clutch and brood size have been low in the tits and Nuthatch and there has b…

Pied FlycatcherFamilies

 Have spent some time during the lockdown looking at our Pied Flycatcher data.  In total the group has ringed 10,153  nestlings from around 1650 broods. Return rates since we started the RAS in 2012 has been around 9%. Most of the b…

Recent Recoveries

The most unexpected recent recovery was a Blackcap ringed on 26 November  in Daves garden which sadly flew into a window 56 days later at Glastonbury Somerset 290 kms south on January 1st. Obviously a wintering bird that was still on the move. Our…

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Highlights of 2020

 A difficult year because of the lockdowns, but the group managed to ring 6006 new birds just over 3000 down on 2019. We didnt do our two RAS ‘s for Bearded Tits and Reed Warbler at Leighton Moss, but we did our Sand Martin and Pied Flycatcher stu…

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Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll on the Move

Just recieved a report of a Golfinch from Aberdeenshire. This is our 10th recovery in Scotland of birds ringed in our area. Eight of these were ringed during winter at feeding stations and two during the spring passage. The latest was ringed in mid Dec…

A Bumper Month for Meadow Pipits

 During this September the Group ringed 508 Meadow Pipits about the usual number of this common  dirunal migrant. What was outstanding was we had two controls. One caught on 21st September had been ringed  six days previously  at Wa…

Ringing and Recovery update

Ringing Update In this difficult year with ringing not yet allowed on two of our major sites we have manged to handle  just under 6500 birds to date, around 1750 down on lastyear  for the same period. Blue Tits  are usually our most ring…

Pied Flycatchers Have a Bumper Year

This year has seen a welcome increase in the number of Pied Flycatchers using our nest boxes in the Lune Valley. Unfortunately, because of corvid 19 we were not able to survey two woods. However, the 18 woods we did survey held 109 occupied boxes an in…

Pied Flycatchers Still on a Roll

With more data coming in it looks as though our total of occupied nests in our Lune Valley RAS might be  ca. 30 up on last years total of 106. On our Bowland RAS one wood has increased from 18 last year to 23 this year to balance this another wood…

Pied Flycatchers on a Roll

With the BTO lifting some of the restrictions on ringing, we decided to make our Pied Flycatcher RAS in the upland woods of the Lune Valley our priority. First impressions have been exciting. In two of the larger woods with 110 nest boxes, we found 43 …