A few recoveries have trickled in recent weeks and while some of the birds involved hadn't gone very far they are interesting nevertheless.
S552233 first year Coal Tit (black pin on map)
Ringed 22/10/2016 Billinge Hill, Merseyside.
Controlled 21/01/2017 Woolston Eyes, Warrington. 18 km SSE, duration 91 days.
A total of 52 Coal Tit were ringed at Billinge Hill last autumn with the majority being ringed in September and October when there was an obvious southward dispersal/movement. The recapture of this bird at Woolston Eyes is the first recovery to show the destination of any of these birds.
HPV497 full grown Long-tailed Tit (blue pin on map)
Ringed 05/10/2014 Billinge Hill, Merseyside.
Found dead 04/03/2017 Prescot, Merseyside. 13 km SWW, duration 881 days.
This is the first movement away from the ringing site and it was found dead under a window.
JDH819 adult male Goldcrest (yellow pin on map)
Ringed 01/10/2015 Billinge Hill, Merseyside.
Controlled 29/10/2016 Hilbre Island, Wirral, Merseyside. 38 km WSW, duration 394 days.
This bird will have moved much further than the 38 km between the two sites. It was caught when on passage at Billinge and similarly when controlled on Hilbre Island the following year and probably originated from northern England or Scotland.
A couple of recovery reports for Siskins were also received and illustrate the mobility of the species.
D874496 first year female Siskin
Ringed 18/03/2014 near Orrell, Greater Manchester.
Controlled 14/02/2017 Witton-le Wear NR, Durham. 143 km NNE, duration 1064 days.
S192064 first year male Siskin
Ringed 11/04/2016 Peebles, Scottish Borders.
Controlled 07/03/2017 near Orrell, Greater Manchester. 293 km S, duration 330 days.
Siskins are an variable migrant and move further in some years than others in response to fluctuations in natural food supplies. There was a major irruption of Siskins in autumn 2015 but fewer were on the move last autumn and that is now being reflected in the numbers coming to the feeders in my garden. In 2016 I ringed 118 up to 11th March but have only ringed 64 over the same period this year. It will be interesting to see how numbers compare later in spring although I expect numbers will remain about 50% down on those of last year.