A couple of Goldcrest recoveries landed in my inbox today and although one went much further than the other both are interesting in their own way.
JDH982 was ringed on 09/10/2015 on Billinge Hill and was one of 15 caught that morning. It was controlled just over a year later on 20/10/2016 at Oxwich Marsh, near Swansea (237km SSW) by Gower Ringing Group. I follow the Gower Ringing Group blog and it was one of 29 Goldcrests they caught that morning with the control Goldcrest being overshadowed by the capture of a Little Bunting. A link to their blog post for that day can be found here.
The other recovery was over a much shorter distance but is no less valuable because of that as it adds to the picture of movements of this diminutive species. KAD115 was ringed on 30/10/2016 on Billinge Hill and was one of 19 Goldcrests ringed that morning. It was controlled 8 days later on 07/11/2016 at Woolston Eyes, near Warrington (18km SE) by Merseyside Ringing Group. A link to MRG website can be found here.
Links to previous Goldcrest recoveries and controls and be found here, here, here and here.