Over on the right I have updated the ringing totals for Fylde Ringing Group to cover the period up until the end of June. At 545 of 45 species they are looking a little bit weary for this time of year and are 802 down on last year.
Seven new species were ringed for the year and these were three pulli Sparrowhawks, three pulli Ringed Plovers, a recently fledged Herring Gull, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Swallow, a Treecreeper and five House Sparrows.
The top five ringed in June were as follows:
1. Pied Flycatcher - 24
2. Reed Warbler - 21
3. Greenfinch - 15
4. Goldfinch - 13
5. Dunnock - 12
The top ten 'movers and shakers' for the year are as follows:
1. Blue Tit - 67 (same position)
2. Great Tit - 56 (same position)
3. Pied Flycatcher - 40 (up from 6th)
4. Chiffchaff - 28 (down from 3rd)
Goldfinch - 28 (up from 7th)
6. Reed Warbler - 27 (straight in)
7. Greenfinch - 26 (up from 10th)
8. Dunnock - 21 (straight in)
9. Lesser Redpoll - 20 (down from 4th)
10. Sedge Warbler - 19 (straight in)
Dropping out of the top ten were Wheatear, Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammer.
So we need to keep our fingers crossed for a Swallow roost and a good autumn of Pipits and Finches!
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