Friday 15th

There is still no ringing underway however of interest was a drake Pochard with a nasal saddle on New Downs, not something we see very often here. It looks to be from a French project. The coordinator has been contacted and hopefully we will hear back about it soon.

Pochard by S.Walton

Tuesday 12th

No ringing possible but further news on the Blackcap. It was actually caught on North Ronaldsay twice before the previous dates on the 14th and 16th of October.

A couple of other recoveries both involve our birds living for at least 5 years. The first is a Siskin ringed by us on October 24th 2016 and controlled at West Horsley, Sussex on the 9th of this month. The second is a Starling ringed here on October 27th 2015 and caught at the regular site in Deal, nearby, on January 2nd this year.

Monday 4th

Whilst most of the team are stuck away from the Observatory our Warden team are hoping to keep going by participating in the BTO Winter Bird Project.

Even just the maintenance of the feeders is important for the birds, particularly in this cold spell.

Nearly every year ringing turns up some more interesting movements, often relating to common species we might think we know all about. The Blue Tit from Lithuania and the Robin from far-eastern Russia being two recent examples. 2020 has also sprung a surprise.

A Blackcap ringed by us as a 3F on September 14th 2018 and caught by a ringer on October 12th 2020 at Marais-Moison-Buisson, France       ( 855km SSW) is a typical direction of movement but a nice bit of longevity.

However

What was the 3F Blackcap we ringed on September 22nd 2020 but caught by North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory on October 26th (and 27th) 2020 doing? This is 932 km NNW. It was caught on a very busy morning at Sandwich when more than 130 Blackcaps and 90 Chiffchaffs were ringed. I note that its weight on North Ronaldsay was only 15.7g. Although we were too busy to take biometrics that morning the average weight around then was around 18g.