Friday, 1 May 2020

Starling stuff

Well I am still here, for the time being at least, and my study Starlings seem too be doing particularly well. My RAS season started on 21st April and I have recorded 103 colour ringed Starlings visiting the feeders so far. This is an exceptionally good start to my RAS season and it looks like it will prove to be an earlier than average breeding season too.

DO6 is a regular visitor to the garden and has been recorded on numerous occasions during the breeding season since being ringed in February 2016. The photos are a bit crappy but my excuse is they were taken through a window in harsh light.

D06 again left and A59 right. Both are males and A59 has been recorded on numerous occasions each year since being ringed in May 2015.
I also colour ring juvenile Starlings as part of the project and I recently received details of the furthest recovery to date. LL37117 was ringed as a juvenile on 26/05/2018 and was resighted by a ringer in Wigmore, Medway (Kent) on 28/04/2020, 329km SE. Prior to this the furthest recovery from my ringing had been in Rhyl, North Wales

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