Monday, 18 January 2016

Five gold rings

I wrote before about using photos to decipher the numbers on ringed bullfinches in July 2014 and July 2015.  Both birds had been ringed about 2 km from here - one two years before and one four years before.  One good thing about finches is that they stay on the feeder for a minute or two which makes it easier to get the photos, especially if the ring is loose and moves around.  I have noticed several rings on goldfinches recently but they are more difficult than bullfinches as they turn up a dozen or two at a time.  

The first one I worked out was D981283 and I reported it to Euring.  It was ringed at West Moor, about 3km from here, on 01 November 2015 as a first year bird.

I then worked out D981106 (ringed in the same place on 11 October 2014 at least one year old).

And then D981261 (ringed in the same place again on 7th October 2015 as a first year bird) so they all go around in the same gang.

I am still working on Y*73908 and D9**288.

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