Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll on the Move

Just recieved a report of a Golfinch from Aberdeenshire. This is our 10th recovery in Scotland of birds ringed in our area. Eight of these were ringed during winter at feeding stations and two during the spring passage. The latest was ringed in mid December 2015 and retrapped at the feeders in the following January and February. It  returned the next winter being retrapped in December 2016, so obviously a wintering bird. This  year it was caught in mid October in Aberdeenshire. Birds we have ringed during the passage periods have been retrapped in the south of England especially Sussex  and two have crossed into northern France.

A Lesser Redpoll was a quick mover. Ringed here on October 11th it was retrapped 15 days later 204 kms  ESE at  Spurn . Rather an unusual movement for this time of year but maybe the recent strong westerly winds helped.