Before I get in to the ringing totals for Fylde Ringing Group up until the end of May I wanted to apologise for a lack of postings of late. A lack of postings means more work, so being self-employed I suppose I shouldn't complain, but being a keen field naturalist I do! Things should quieten down a little work wise once I have returned from Orkney (holiday not work!) at the end of June and hopefully I should be out in the field more.
Over on the right you will see that I have updated the totals for Fylde Ringing Group up until the end of May. At 1,129 birds ringed of 52 species we are just 219 birds shy of last year's totals. New species ringed in May for the year were Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Redshank, Tawny Owl, Dipper, Mistle Thrush, Pied Flycatcher and Carrion Crow. Most of these were pulli and June will see more pulli ringed as it is the main month for breeding birds.
The top ten 'movers and shakers' are as follows:
1. Chaffinch - 115 (same position)
2. Willow Warbler - 114 (down from 3rd)
3. Goldfinch - 113 (down from 2nd)
4. Lesser Redpoll - 79 (up from 9th)
5. Meadow Pipit - 56 (down from 4th)
Reed Bunting - 56 (same position)
7. Brambling - 55 (down from 5th)
8. Tree Sparrow - 54 (straight in)
9. Goldcrest - 48 (down from 7th)
10. Great Tit - 44 (down from 8th)
The top five birds ringed in May were as follows:
1. Lesser Redpoll - 43
2. Tree Sparrow - 33
3. Sedge Warbler - 27
4. Reed Warbler - 10
5. Blackcap - 9
Willow Warbler - 9
During May we ringed 224 birds of 34 species, which was the second best month of the year so far in terms of total number of birds ringed and the best based on the number of species.
Yesterday Dave (from Orkney) and I finished the boxes off in the Hodder Valley ringing 17 Pied Flycatcher pulli and one recently fledged Nuthatch.
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