Thursday, 15 December 2011
Monday, 12 December 2011
With the weather turning a bit colder now linnets are finally coming onto one of the bait sites. 2 catches have produced 99 linnets and a few goldfinch, chaffy and greenies. 12 retrap linnets have included 4 colour-ringed adults, 2 juveniles and 3 pullus from this summer’s ringing at Girdleness.
It would appear not all of our local bred birds remain for the winter. Breeding female retrap Yellow/Yellow photographed below at Girdleness on
Please have a go for those lintie flocks if you can.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
The first Greater Black-backed Gull (above) we colour ringed this year at Fraserburgh was seen 45 miles away at Lossiemouth 4 days later. Having only ringed two Greaters so far that's a good resighting rate! We intend to catch more this autumn at the harbours up north.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
We ringed our first birds today, caught by hand at a legendary site we refer to as "the magic fence." Hopefully they will be the first of many this summer, as we are soon getting to the period when gulls are easy to catch. They lose all caution and common sense when they have chicks, as they desperately try to secure Asda smart price bread for them
Please look out for our gulls, all have a yellow ring on the left leg, with the letter T followed by a colon and three numbers.
Euan, Calum and Raymondo
Sunday, 29 May 2011
His face brightened up a bit when he was told there was a linnet brood needing ringing though.......a pullus ringing tick for him!
He dipped on mipit pullus (already ringed) and goldfinch and whitethroat which were too wee to ring.
We are onto the last of first brood linnets now and building well underway for 2nd broods. We had a nice example of 'rabbit syndrome' typical of some of these carduellis finches last week. As we approached a gorse bush containing a nest with c10 day old chicks we noticed the female arriving with nest material closely followed by the male. Once the female disappeared into her new nest (about a metre from the 1st nest) the male nipped over to the first nest to feed the chicks and came back over with a faecal sack in beak just in time to accompany the female away for more nest material........TOTALS!
Raymond, Calum and Euan
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
50th lintie nest was well found by Calum and appropriately marked with a Thornton’s Easter Bunny ribbon (see photos below).
We are used to finding goldfinch nests at the end of high sycamore branches in winter once the leaves are off the trees but at this site they have taken to using head high dog roses……..luvly (photo below). First brood ringed today and a further 2 on eggs. Some adults were clap netted as well as skylark and meadow pipits. We also got a control lintie……..L627288 Any takers?
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Watch out for a photo of Rotti Man (The Viz ornithologist) next posting.
Raymond and team
Brood of 3 ravens. Photo by Ewan Weston
Poisoned golden eagle. Photo RSPB
EAS photographed in the Netherlands – Fred Visscher 20/4/2011
So far we have had 70 re-sightings of 200 colour ringed individuals. Nine of these were outside of the UK. We have also had a recent recovery of a sandwich tern ringed as a chick in 2006 on the Ythan Estuary that was recovered on 31st of March in ICELAND. This is the first UK recovery of a sandwich tern in Iceland.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Heultje, Antwerpen, Belgium on the 19th of September!
Photo by Euan Ferguson
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
EDD at Blackdog August 2010 (Nick Littlewood).
EHD at Burghead, Moray September 2010 (David Pullan).
ETH at Ile Tristan, Brittany, FRANCE (Mickael Buanic).
Hopefully we'll get some more sightings as they return in the next few months.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Cormorants have been colour ringed by GRG since 2005. We have had an extremely high resighting rate, an average of 1 in 4 birds. Thank you to all observers and photographers.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
GYG at Prescot, Knowsley, Merseyside (Steve Tomlinson)
2 different colour-ringed birds drinking in the same gutter in Hemel Hempstead. Even waxwings let themselves down occasionally! Photographed and reported independently by different birders. (Joan Thompson, Michael Nott)
With this build up on the south coast we wondered if birds might start crossing the channel into France and Belgium. However, numerous sightings of colour-ringed birds suggests they are preferring to head east or west along the south coast in search of berries rather than face another hazardous sea crossing. That’s so far any way. Meanwhile colour-ringed birds are still being reported from further north so it will be exciting to see what develops over the next couple of months
Once again, a big thank you to everybody who has taken the time and trouble to report colour-ringed waxwings, many with tremendous photographs which we have kindly been allowed to use in articles such as this. Keep up the great work.
(On behalf of Grampian and Orkney Ringing Groups)
Monday, 24 January 2011
Oystercatcher FH24678, ringed on 27th March last year at Tarland was retrapped by Richard du Feu from North Lancs Ringing Group, who have also been catching good numbers of Oystercatchers inland, at Heysham on 22 January. This bird could be a breeder on its way up north. Thanks to Richard for letting us know.