Tuesday 31 January 2023

Movements, recoveries and updates.....

Some of the birds in this post have travelled many thousands of kilometres.

On the night of the 21st  January we were out on one of our long running study farms. Three of the Woodcock were caught had been ringed by us in previous years. Despite the long migrations, presumably to Russia and back they were all very close to where they were initially ringed.

EY33811 was ringed (age 5) in January 2014 so was likely to have flown over 50,000 km in its life!

10% of the Woodcock that we have ringed on the sheep pasture fields at this farm have either been caught again in subsequent years or recovered elsewhere.

Some recoveries of birds received recently

Starling KE63252

Ringed Silutes, Lithuania 09/06/2022

Re-encountered  Llechryd 16/01/2023 221 days, 1735km WSW

We have now caught several Starlings ringed in Silutes. The Ventes Ragas station where it was caught is one of the oldest in Europe. They catch a lot of Starlings, for example in the month of June that this bird was ringed they caught 24377!

The majority of Starlings we catch are first year birds but the plumage of an adult male is something to admire.

Starling neck feathers


Sedge Warbler   APR3521

Ringed   Teifi Marshes, Ceredigion 04/05/2022

Re-encountered   Donges, Loire-Atlantique, France 31/07/2022 88 days 562km SSE

Late news of a Reed Warbler to Portugal in 2019

Reed Warbler    ABB9968

Ringed Teifi Marshes, Ceredigion 07/07/2019

Re-encountered  Herdade dos Forninhos,  Beja, Portugal 21/08/2019 45 days 1626km SSW

As usual in January we put a lot of effort into looking for our colour-ringed Reed Buntings as they are more easily seen when coming to artificial food. All sightings of these birds are valuable, though currently outside the RAS season.

Blue/Metal, Lime/Orange was seen by Colin Dalton last Jan
and again this year and is a frequent visitor to the feeder

"Wilti" rides in the wet woodland part of the Teifi Marshes are up and running, 2 Willow Tits feeding nearby ...

We may develop and expand the recording site here too....the other direction. Few of the Group have visited this site which is part of the Teifi Marshes reserve.

Many thanks for the contributions made by all to the TRG agm. Great to see so many of the group being able to meet to talk, exchange and expand ideas. We are thinking of holding a late summer 'social meet up'...

(Rich D and Wendy J)