For more details of the ringing demonstration held at RHS Harlow Carr in early November, please click on the following link RHS Harlow Carr Ringing Demonstrations

Posted by: PD | November 13, 2018

Lesser Redpoll enjoys TT Races!!

Lesser Redpoll S008520

Contrary to the normal pattern of movement seen by Lesser Redpoll ringed at Ripon Parks, Lesser Redpoll S008520, ringed at RP on the 23 October 2016 as a juvenile bird was controlled on the Calf of Man, Isle of Man by the Calf of Man Bo. on the 13 May 2018 hence travelling west some 215km in 19 months. We hope it enjoyed the races.  Look at our distribution map at the following link to see our usual dispersal patterns. Lesser Redpoll recoveries

Maybe it was following the return route of Lesser Redpoll Y518198 which was ringed
at the Copeland Bird Observatory, County Down, UK on the 21 September 2014 before being controlled at Ripon Parks. See the above link for more details of this bird.

Calf of Man

Posted by: PD | November 13, 2018

500th Redwing of the autumn



Today saw the 500th Redwing ringed of the autumn at Ripon Parks. Good numbers of other species have also been ringed including, amongst others, Lesser Redpoll, Fieldfare, Goldcrest and Mistle Thrush.

Supporting cast of birds seen today included, Goosander, Brambling and Great White Egret

Great white egret

Below is information for birds which EDRG has recently ringed and have been controlled or are birds which EDRG has controlled . Please look at the following link for all Lesser Redpoll information Lesser Redpoll recoveries

Avocet EW28900

Ringed at Nosterfield NR on the 28 June 2016 as a pulli and colour flagged, Yellow DX was found dead on the 19 October at Baie de Sallenelles, Calvados, France having flown 560km due south. Since being ringed, this Avocet had previously been sighted at Alkborough Flats, Lincs, on the 13 August 2016, Salthome Pools, Billingham, Stockton-On-Tees on the 17 May 2017 and subsequently on the 10 and 26 May 2018 and finally at Fairburn Ings on the 26 May 2018 before being found in France! See the following link for more about this bird  and also the related pages on this Blog. Avocet Ringing

French Avocet

Lesser Redpoll AHD0872 

Ringed at Ripon Parks by EDRG on the 19 October 2018 as a first year male, this bird was controlled at Thorpe Marsh, South Yorkshire, UK on the 28 October, a distance of 78km SSE. See Lesser Redpoll page for map. Lesser Redpoll recoveries

Swallow Y677143

Ringed by Landguard RG on the 25 August 2018 as a juvenile and controlled by EDRG at Nosterfield Quarry Reedbed on the 2 September 2018 just 8 days later but 306km in a northerly direction!

Swallow Suffolk

Reed Bunting AYA9768

Ringed in Spennithorne, North Yorkshire on the 30 September 2017 as a juvenile female and controlled by EDRG at Nosterfield Quarry Reedbed, some 17km away in a south easterly direction on the 14 August 2018.


Lesser Redpoll Z834956

Ringed by the Hersham RG at Queen Mary Reservoir, Surrey on the 3 November 2015 and controlled by EDRG almost three years later at Ripon Parks on the 24 October 2018. This bird had travelled a distance of 314km in a NNW direction. See Lesser Redpoll page for map. Lesser Redpoll recoveries

Lesser Redpoll APB6192

Ringed by Wintersett RG at Anglers Country Park, Wakefield on the 8 April 2018 and controlled by EDRG at Ripon Parks on the 15 October 2018, a distance of 60km in a northerly direction. See Lesser Redpoll page for map. Lesser Redpoll recoveries

Posted by: PD | October 31, 2018

Colour variation in Redwing

Over the course of the Autumn migration, it has been interesting to note the colour variation between different Redwing (Turdus iliacus) that have been ringed at Ripon Ponds. Below are just some of these birds. Still looking out for our first Icelandic race Turdus coburni!



Posted by: PD | October 31, 2018

Autumn Migration well under way

Below are just some of the birds ringed by the group over the last two weeks as the Autumn migration has stepped up a pace. Over 1500 Redwing and 500 Fieldfare were seen over Ripon Ponds on the 30th October with good numbers ringed for the day. More updates soon but over 330 Redwing have been ringed so far with good numbers of Fieldfare too and ringing continues over the next week. Lesser Redpoll have been the stars of the show with 182 ringed this autumn so far and counting.

Ripon Parks complete with rainbow.

Rainbow over Ripon POnds

Redwing and Fieldfare comparison

Star cast trio of Lesser Redpoll

Redpoll trio

Juvenile Female Siskin and Juvenile Female and Adult Male Goldfinch

Stunning Male Lesser Redpoll

Stunning male Lesser Redpoll

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.

See the source image

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. 



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