Posted by: PD | August 16, 2018

Colour Ringed Avocets

For details of recent EDRG Avocet recaptures history, please click on the following link;

Avocet Ringing



EDRG has just received information of four Lesser Redpoll recoveries made over the last few months and of the first Reed Warbler recovery from the reedbed at Nosterfield Quarry. For more information on the Reed Warbler and Lesser Redpolls and a full distribution map of the Lesser Redpolls, please click on the following links: Reed Warbler recoveries Lesser Redpoll recoveries

There has been an on going project of Pied Flycatcher ringing over a number of years at  the Strid near Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire. One of the many ringed has been recently controlled in Claughton, Lancashire. The bird, ring number S007061, ringed as a pulli on the 3rd June 2017 was controlled at Black Wood, Claughton on the 24th May 2018 (a female) some 51km WNW from its original ringing site.

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Pied Fly Claughton






Posted by: PD | June 10, 2018

Blackbird nest found in the greenhouse!

Jill Blackbird Nest

This brood of blackbird chicks was found in the greenhouse at JW’s house in Sharow, near Ripon and in a Buddleia asiatica (a very unusual variety of the plant) – the chicks were ringed 5 mins after being found (they were 8 days old) and all fledged soon afterwards!

The nest is being left in place in the hope that there might be another brood….!



Please click on the following links to find the most recent recoveries and controls by EDRG. Particular interest should be paid to the following pages : Black Headed Gulls Black Headed Gull Project  Colour-Ringed Curlews Colour-ringed Curlew Lesser Redpolls Lesser Redpoll recoveries

Below are other birds ringed by the group and recently controlled, seen or found

Avocet Yellow DV

This photo was taken by Stuart Darbyshire at RSPB Marshside, Southport on Saturday 24th March 2018, Yellow DV was ringed on 28 June 2016 between Nosterfield NR and Nosterfield Quarry.  Seen at Alkborough Flats in August 2016 but no further sightings until last weekend!

Avocet-Yellow DV-RSPB Marshside-better

Avocet Yellow DV

And here it is newly ringed in 2016!

Avocet chick Y-DV @ Quarry June 2016 _(5)

Black Headed Gull ET53375

First ringed as a pulli at Upper Barden Reservoir on the 20 June 1999, this long-lived BHG was seen at Marine Lake, Southport, Merseyside, UK on the 19 March 2018, 79km WSW from it’s original site but almost 19 years later!

Blackheaded Southport

Sedge Warbler Z025975

Ringed at Eshton Tarn on the 28 May 2016 as an adult male, this Sedge Warbler was controlled in Tour aux Moutons, Donges, Loire-Atlantique, France on the 21 August 2017.  This is 743km south of it’s original ringing site. Obviously hasn’t heard of Brexit yet!

SEdge Warbler

Siskin D418802

Ringed at Eshton Tarn, North Yorkshire on the 17 August 2015, this bird was re-trapped on the 6 March 2017 by the Borders RG at Peebles, having travelled NNW for 196km


Goldcrest 4Y5213

This is the Group’s first-ever Goldcrest retrap and was retrapped at the prestigious Treswell Wood, Nottinghamshire, where so much that we know about passerines in the UK has come from. This bird was ringed at Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate on the 29 October 2017 and re-trapped a short while later on the 12 November 2017 having travelled 90km SSE.


Starling CR20169

This bird was ringed on the 9 February 2008 as an adult male in Sharow, near Ripon and was recovered, having been found freshly dead from hitting a window, again in Sharow on the 10 November 2017. The bird may not have travelled long distances,  as far as we know, but it had a long life having lived for over 10 years!


Redwing RF83695

This bird was originally ringed by the Merseyside RG on the 17 October 2015 at Woolston Eyes, Warrington and controlled on the 20 October 2017 at Ripon Parks having travelled NE for 110km. 



Posted by: PD | July 15, 2017

Recently seen Black Headed Gull from 2003


One of the Upper Barden BHG’s ringed in June 2003 has been recently spotted close by at Redcar Tarn, Keighley. For more details click on the following link Black Headed Gull Project

Posted by: PD | July 15, 2017

Avocet seen at favoured wintering grounds

Avocet chick Y-DV @ Quarry June 2016 _(5)

This little chap, colour ringed at Nosterfield on the 28 June 2016 was seen on the 22 June 2017 at Alkborough Flats, North Lincolnshire, a favoured wintering site for EDRG Avocets. A distance of 88km (55 miles).

dv to alkborough

Posted by: PD | July 15, 2017

Late Chiffchaff entry

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EDRG has recently been sent a record of a Chiffchaff recovery from 2002! The chiffchaff in question was originally ringed as a juvenile on the 8 August 1999 at Staveley Nature Reserve, North Yorkshire and then found dead on the 15 June 2002 at Dos Hermanas, Seville, Spain!! A distance 1898km (1180 miles) What a late recovery!

chiffchaff to spain

Posted by: PD | July 15, 2017

Three’s a crowd

Below are pictures of the first ever EDRG brood of three swiflets in a nest. What a record.

Posted by: PD | July 15, 2017

Colour ringed Coot turns up near Wakefield.


One of the EDRG Coots colour ringed at Nosterfield NR in 2014 has turned up three years later at Angler’s Country Park near Wakefield. For further details please click on the following link. Coot Ringing


Posted by: PD | July 15, 2017

Greylag Goose to Iceland

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Photo of a Greylag Goose but not AJC

Greylag Goose 5227289 with an Orange neck collar AJC was ringed as an adult male at Lingham Lake on 2 March 2003 (as part of an EDRG/WWT project to prove that some of the wintering Greylags in the Nosterfield area, were breeding in Iceland).

 He was resighted on the 15 March 2003, and then again on the 15 and 29 February 2004 at Carthorpe Mires, just north of Nosterfield Quarry, so possibly we thought a local bird.

However, in 2007, he was seen at Fljotsdalur, Iceland on 17 May, presumably on the breeding grounds.  No further sightings were had until….. just his neck collar was found on 15 May this year at Egilsstadir, Iceland (an area from where we’ve had other neck collar sightings) – so presumably AJC is no longer but has provided some useful information for us! In all, AJC had travelled a distance of 1418 km over 5188 days since ringing.

greylag to iceland



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