Over on the right you will see that I have updated the ringing totals for Fylde Ringing Group up until the end of May and at 375 birds ringed of 38 species they are pretty appalling! The main reason for this is the weather and we have struggled to find calm enough days through the spring to get mist nets up and this is despite a couple of members being fairly flexible work wise too!
On the positive, and not unexpected side, we added 16 species to the years totals and these were Lapwing, Woodpigeon, Tree Pipit, Redstart (a cracking male at Fleetwood BO), Song Thrush (only the first ringed this late in the year!), Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Nuthatch, Carrion Crow, Common Redpoll and Lesser Redpoll.
The top three species ringed in May were as follows:
1. Blue Tit - 44
Great Tit - 44
3. Pied Flycatcher - 16
The top ten 'movers and shakers' were as follows:
1. Blue Tit - 60 (up from 4th)
2. Great Tit - 52 (up from 9th)
3. Chiffchaff - 24 (down from 1st)
4. Lesser Redpoll - 20 (down from 2nd)
5. Wheatear - 17 (down from 3rd)
6. Pied Flycatcher - 16 (straight in)
7. Goldfinch - 15 (down from 5th)
8. Tree Sparrow - 12 (straight in)
Yellowhammer - 12 (down from 6th)
10. Greenfinch - 11 (straight in)
Let's hope for a good autumn!
I apologise for a lack of posts recently but I have been trying to catch up on work as I'm away for a week next week in Scotland and then when I get back in early July I want to be able to hit the ground running ready for an autumn filled with birding!
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