Over on the right I have updated the final ringing totals for Fylde Ringing Group for 2013. We ringed 3245 birds which is 478 short of 2012's total of 3723. The main reason for this was the appalling weather in the Autumn and the cessation of ringing activities at a good summer through to winter site.
No new species were added to the ringing list in December. I haven't done a top five ringed for the month as we only ringed 45 birds in December due to the poor weather, but I have detailed below the top ten 'movers and shakers' in the month.
1. Swallow - 761 (same position)
2. Goldfinch - 174 (up from 4th)
3= Chaffinch - 169 (down from 2nd)
Greenfinch - 169 (up from 5th)
5. Blue Tit - 168 (down from 2nd)
6= Willow Warbler - 132 (same position)
Great Tit - 132 (up from 7th)
8. Tree Sparrow - 130 (same position)
9. Reed Bunting - 129 (down from 5th)
10.Reed Warbler - 108 (same position)
It's good to see two red-listed species and two warbler species in the top ten ringed at the end of the year. Let's hope for some good weather this year so we can continue with our valuable ringing studies.
Nightjar survival against the odds - with the run of days of terrible weather since this Nightjar nest started it is heartening to see that the one chick has just about fledged -- hope it now ...
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