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Some recent ring observations (1 Viewer)

GiG

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On my old patch, near to my previous job, I would regularly sight colour-ringed birds. Being an estuary I had an interesting selection of waders, gulls and the odd other species. It did get to a point where I realised I would be scanning a flock of waders but would be checking the legs first!

Since then there has not been much chance unless out on a birding trip or seeing metal-ringed birds in the garden, the latter take patience with many photos to get all angles to get the details.

Just before Xmas, I was on the Suffolk coast and had a couple of sightings - an orange neck-banded Greylag Goose with letters FHH at Covehithe and a colour-ringed Caspian Gull at Minsmere with letters XLEE. Both I've submitted, the former to Bob Swann who has passed it on to another ringer of which I'm still waiting details and the latter which I've put the details received in the image below.

In my garden over Xmas I've found there are at least two metal-ringed Blue Tits but haven't got the full code for either yet. There has also been a Blackbird and eventually I got the full code, CW17151, so have sent details to the BTO and am waiting on its history. Interestingly I was going through further photos taken in the garden earlier in the year and see that of a pair of Blackbirds nesting in the garden the male had a metal ring which I could see some of the letters/numbers matched that now present - obviously likes my garden!

Gi
 

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GiG

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Well today it was worth sitting in the cold watching the feeders. I finally completed the Blue Tit ring, finding it has just been one bird, present since late November. Ring identification Z497183. Will be sending details to the BTO shortly. I also saw my first Chaffinch of the winter, very unusual. Although I saw it first thing, later on when I got some photos I saw that this is also a ringed individual, of which I only got the last three digits (788) - now another bird that I need to be patient for to get more images to complete the ring ID.

Gi
 

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GiG

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Great thread. Keep up the good work and keep us informed of the results.

Thanks. I have had info back from the BTO for the Blackbird - it was ringed during the year it was hatched, sex male on 28-Nov-2012 - making it over 8 years old. This was less than a mile from where I live so definitely likes the area!
 

Jon Turner

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Always interesting to get ring reads! Recently had a recovery of a female Sparrowhawk I ringed (here in North Devon) in 2018 - it was found in Plympton - right across the County. Sadly not well and subsequently died.
An eight-year-old Blackbird is good going!
 

GiG

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Always interesting to get ring reads! Recently had a recovery of a female Sparrowhawk I ringed (here in North Devon) in 2018 - it was found in Plympton - right across the County. Sadly not well and subsequently died.
An eight-year-old Blackbird is good going!

It is. Interestingly on the BTO submission form, when you tick the box to say the bird is alive the options given don't include from photos - obviously not as easy as reading colour rings! Shame about the Sparrowhawk but at last you had a recovery. Amazing birds to see close up, I've seen a couple at Landguard Bird Observatory.
 

GiG

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There has been a male House Sparrow in the garden the last few years with a metal ring (TS52628). It is one of the main males holding territory that I saw during again this Spring but, with the colony now up to 30+ birds, I haven't managed to see if it is still present - I do hope so. These are photos from March 2017.
 

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GiG

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Well today it was worth sitting in the cold watching the feeders. I finally completed the Blue Tit ring, finding it has just been one bird, present since late November. Ring identification Z497183. Will be sending details to the BTO shortly. I also saw my first Chaffinch of the winter, very unusual. Although I saw it first thing, later on when I got some photos I saw that this is also a ringed individual, of which I only got the last three digits (788) - now another bird that I need to be patient for to get more images to complete the ring ID.

Gi

I have had info back from the BTO for the Blue Tit - it was ringed as aged juvenile, sex unknown on 14-Aug-2015 - making it over 5 years old. This was 4km from where I live.
 

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