Saturday, 27 February 2010

Quiet week!

Finally after all the gadding about I've been doing over the winter - my work load has caught up, so I've been knuckling down to get some work done! So that's why the blog is a little quiet at the moment. I have been allowed out to play though (can't all be work!) and have done a bit of ringing this week - mainly at the Shakerley feeding station but also a few Coots caught too.

Totals (recaps in brackets)

Coot -4 (2)
Greenfinch - 1
Redpoll - 1
Long Tailed Tit (2)
Bullfinch - 7 (6)
Goldfinch - 3
Chaffinch - 5
Reed Bunting - 1
Robin - 1
One control this week - a Danish Black Headed Gull - again in a Manchester park.

A batch of recoveries came through to Steve this week. The most interesting one is of a Mute Swan that was found dead under power lines in Dalton-in-furness. Sadly this bird met it's end at the grand age of 21 years old! Having first been caught and ringed at Fleetwood Marine Lake on 30/12/1988 as a cygnet male. The bird was darvic ringed - and therefore allowed people to report it's whereabouts to Steve and Wes.

Below is part of it's history.

30/12/1988 - Fleetwood Marine Lake - 0 km
30/01/1989 - Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-furness - 22km
23/09/1989 - Fleetwood Marine Lake
03/02/1990 - Stanley Park, Blackpool - 12km
18/03/1990 - Fleetwood Marine Lake
18/07/1990 - Pearsons Flash, Wigan - 50km
29/07/1990 - Horrocks Flash, Wigan - 53km
16/09/1990 - Turners Flash, Wigan - 52km
17/11/1990 - Amberswood, Hindley, Wigan - 52km
06/01/1991 - Fleetwood Marine Lake -
15/06/1991 - RSPB Hodbarrow, Cumbria - 33km
13/01/1993 - Fleetwood Marine Lake -
24/06/1997 - Roanhead, Barrow-in-furness - 29km
23/11/1997 - Fleetwood Marine Lake
10/08/1998 - Ormsgill Res, Barrow-in-furness - 25km
20/11/1998 - Roanhead, Barrow-in-furness - 29km
22/07/1999 - Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-furness - 22km
01/12/2009 - Dalton-in-furness - 29km - Dead - 7668 days.

So the above is proof that Mute Swan do actually move around, more often than we think. The above information would not have been collated if the bird had not been given a darvic ring. Darvic rings greatly improve the information we receive on bird movements. All colour ringing projects rely heavily on observations of colour ringed birds and these sightings can be sent to

Certainly one bird ringer has been busy reading darvic rings this week! Andy Jowett, whilst working in Ireland managed to read several darvics on Whooper Swans in a flock in Northen Ireland. Andy texted me the sightings, which were then added to the database and ringing information was then texted back to Andy, in the field! He also managed to read two Greylags that carried neck collars. One being ringed in Iceland and the other in the Highlands.

On the subject of colour rings - good numbers of sightings of colour ringed Coot have been received this week. Some interesting ones which I'll blog about in a later post.

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