A couple of recovery reports for Lesser Redpolls came through today. The first shown is particularly interesting as it involved a bird that was ringed as a juvenile in Pembrokeshire back in August 2013 so is likely to have hatched in that part of the world. It was recaptured by a ringer in East Sussex in October 2013 and not heard of again until it turned up in a net at Billinge last Saturday.
Y415223 Lesser Redpoll
Ringed as a juvenile 10/08/2013 Ty Rhyg, Rosebush, Pembrokeshire.
Caught by ringer 29/10/2013 Litlington, East Sussex. 368 km ESE
Caught by ringer 25/03/2017 Billinge Hill, Merseyside. 227 km NE (from Ty Rhyg)
The second recovery involved a bird ringed at Billinge during the big irruption of autumn 2015, so is likely to have originated from further north in England or Scotland, and was caught by a ringer in Suffolk earlier this month.
Z854359 Lesser Redpoll
Ringed as a 1Y male 23/09/2015 Billinge Hill, Merseyside.
Caught by ringer 14/03/2017 Culford School, Suffolk. 264 km ESE,
A recovery report for a Siskin and a Robin were in the same batch but they, along with a couple of controls that are in the pipeline, will be the subject of another post.