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Birdwatching & Beyond

Monday, March 21st, 2011
This Saturday, group members Brian Hopkins, Pete Fearon and Jack Taylor, gave a ringing demonstration to participants of Edge Hill University's Birdwatching & Beyond course. The session at Mere Sands Wood was a massive success as participants were able to see Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Brambling and Tree Sparrow amongst other more common woodland birds up close and personal.

Brian (left) and Pete showing the participants the finer points of ageing Chaffinches

Brambling To Norway!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
This week we received news of some SWLRG ringed birds that have been either caught elsewhere or found dead.

A Lapwing ringed on Banks Marsh as a pullis on 23rd April 1997 was found dead on Penrhyn Beach, Llandudno on 29th December 2010, two days short of 5000 days between encounters at 4998 days!!

Brian and Dave have ringed the majority of the group's Brambling in recent years, one of which has been controlled by ringers in Norway! Ringed as a 5 male in January 2009 it was trapped on 18th November 2010 in Bomyra, Randaberg. The distance between the sites is 489 miles, but due to the nature of Brambling populations, the bird might have taken a different route to the previous year.



Other recoveries included a Goldfinch ringed at Crosby Hall that was controlled on Walney Island, Cumbria and a Kestrel found injured in Burnley that was ringed as a chick at Altcar. You can read about these at Peters blog.

Ringing Totals 2010

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
It has taken a while, but all 2010 data is now submitted to the BTO and we can provide the ringing results for the year. In total, 6032 birds were ringed of 73 different species.

A few observations from Ian Wolfenden, Group Secretary:

"We handled twice as many birds as 2009, but ringed just less than double- more retraps!
Blue Tit appears to have the honour of being the first species for which we have ringed over 1000 in a year!
Changing fortunes are reflected with more Reed Warblers ringed than Sedge Warblers, more Blackcaps than Whitethroats and more Chiffchaffs than Willow Warblers.
Greatly improved totals for Chaffinch, Goldfinch Greenfinch and Blackbird hopefully reflect increasing populations, while Linnet numbers continue to decline."

SWLRG also ringed our first Cetti's Warbler on Rimrose Valley, posted another good total of Swifts at Fazakerley and continued the Barn Owl nest box program. The increase in the totals can be attributed to an increased effort of group members as well as an increase in the number of sites being opperated.


Full Grown Ringed

Pulli Ringed

Retraps Processed

Total Handled

Mute Swan

2

0

0

2

Canada Goose

3

0

1

4

Eurasian Teal

1

0

0

1

Mallard

2

0

0

2

Red-crested Pochard

1

0

0

1

Pochard

1

0

0

1

Tufted Duck

31

0

0

31

Sparrowhawk

8

3

2

13

Kestrel

1

13

0

14

Moorhen

3

0

1

4

Coot

9

0

0

9

Ringed Plover

0

2

0

2

Lapwing

0

16

0

16

Woodcock

2

0

0

2

Black-headed Gull

2

0

0

2

Common Tern

0

3

0

3

Stock Dove

0

7

0

7

Woodpigeon

21

0

2

23

Collared Dove

16

0

4

20

Barn Owl

0

33

2

35

Tawny Owl

0

3

0

3

Swift

322

0

27

349

Kingfisher

2

0

0

2

G. S. Woodpecker

32

0

57

89

Skylark

0

5

0

5

Swallow

54

0

1

55

House Martin

207

0

10

217

Meadow Pipit

0

22

0

22

Grey Wagtail

1

0

0

1

Wren

92

0

28

120

Dunnock

138

1

176

315

Robin

237

0

175

412

Stonechat

0

22

0

22

Wheatear

78

0

2

80

Blackbird

301

3

151

455

Fieldfare

3

0

0

3

Song Thrush

27

0

4

31

Redwing

44

0

0

44

Mistle Thrush

1

0

0

1

Cetti's Warbler

1

0

1

2

Grasshopper Warbler

9

6

1

16

Sedge Warbler

16

0

10

26

Reed Warbler

35

1

14

50

Lesser Whitethroat

1

0

0

1

Whitethroat

32

10

19

61

Garden Warbler

1

0

0

1

Blackcap

137

0

13

150

Chiffchaff

71

0

14

85

Willow Warbler

55

0

13

74

Goldcrest

75

0

17

92

Firecrest

2

0

0

2

Long-tailed Tit

202

0

143

345

Coal Tit

91

0

135

226

Blue Tit

1026

108

801

1935

Great Tit

637

23

599

1259

Nuthatch

11

7

17

35

Treecreeper

10

0

5

15

Jay

12

0

2

14

Magpie

9

0

1

10

Jackdaw

0

11

0

11

Starling

35

0

1

36

House Sparrow

4

0

0

4

Tree Sparrow

103

0

34

137

Chaffinch

541

0

90

631

Brambling

60

0

4

64

Greenfinch

494

0

43

537

Goldfinch

496

0

70

566

Siskin

9

0

0

9

Linnet

8

29

0

37

Lesser Redpoll

2

0

0

2

Bullfinch

55

0

41

96

Reed Bunting

97

9

43

149

TOTAL

5979

343

2774

9096

First Cetti’s for SWLRG

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
An excellent day on Rimrose Valley on Saturday produced the first Cetti's Warbler for South-west Lancs RG. The arrival of this first-year female follows the national trend of an increase in this species, that are increasingly spreading northwards. It will be interesting to see if this bird sticks around for the winter, or whether it is just passing through.

Photo's by Ian Wolfenden


PJF

Download the 2009 SWLRG Report

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
You can download the report here.

Recently, SWLRG have been catching small but steady numbers of Redwing and good numbers of Greenfinch and Reed Bunting at different sites. You can read about Peter Fearon's ringing activities here.

If you are interested in learning to become a bird ringer, you can contact the Group at: swlancsrg (at) googlemail.com

The year so far…

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
2010 has been a significantly busier year for members of SW Lancs Ringing Group as the annual total of birds ringed in 2009 (a grand total of 3013 birds) had already been surpassed in September. Part of this increase has been down to an increased number of net hours with some members of the group being able to get out more frequently than in 2009 as well as the addition of a new ringing site at Brook Vale on Rimrose Valley Country Park.

Male Reed Bunting (Brook Vale)

So far the group has posted significant totals of Swifts (SWLRG rings between 25 and 40% of Swifts ringed in the UK each year) despite there not being a single Swift ringed since May (due to weather conditions). Unfortnuately Barn Owls haven't had a great year in SW Lancs, with little increase on last years total. Anecdotal evidence suggests a more scattered breeding season with some boxes producing young very early and some boxes were occupied yet, eggs weren't laid until late on. The last box was re-checked only last week following a September visit revealed a bird on eggs, sadly the eggs were cold although two full grown birds were in the box.

Barn Owls

The addition of Brook Vale as a group site has seen a diversification in species on the group totals, with Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler (not ringed in 2009) being caught and over three times as many Blackcaps being ringed at Brook Vale than the group ringed in 2009.

With two and a half months still to go until the annual totals can be collated, there is still a lot of ringing to be done... Let's see what happens!

PJF

Group Report 2009

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
After a few drafts and redrafts, the 2009 South-West Lancashire Ringing Group's Annual Report is now available to buy for £5 including postage.

The report features a summary of the groups activities last year as well a couple of extended reports, including:

Results from monitoring Barn Owls in SW Lancs by Tony Duckels
Ringing Swifts (Apus apus) at Fazakerley by Pete Fearon
Ringing Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe) on Sefton coast by Jack Taylor

If you would like a copy, email SWLRG at: swlancsrg (at) googlemail.com

Group Report 2009

Monday, July 12th, 2010
After a few months of drafting and redrafting, the first annual SWLRG report for ten years is now completed and available for download.

You can read or download it here.

Publications

Friday, June 18th, 2010
We are currently in the process of converting some of the groups articles into pdf format to be hosted here on the blog for people to read and download...

Check out the publications box on the right of the blog and click the link!

We have just uploaded an excellent article by Ian Wolfenden on his work nest recording in the Hightown Dunes.

PJF

Edge Hill University Ringing Demonstration

Sunday, March 14th, 2010
On Saturday, group members, Dave Fletcher, Brian Hopkins, Pete Fearon and Peter Fearon gave a ringing demonstration to students from Edge Hill University at Mere Sands Wood. Despite the breeze, almost twenty birds were ringed and the students got to see species such as Bullfinch, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch and Reed Bunting. Participants were also shown around the nets in small groups and shown how the birds are ringed, sexed, aged and measurements taken.

Dave Fletcher shows participants the finer points of ageing Blackbirds

PETER FEARON

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