Monday, October 8, 2018

Recent Recoveries

There’s no birding or ringing for a day or two thanks to continuing poor weather so I’m posting information about a couple of recent ringing records. One is a Sand Martin at Cockerham quarry, the other a Linnet from our Linnet project at Gulf Lane, Pilling/Cockerham Marsh. 


We ringed Linnet number S800115 as a juvenile male on 10 August 2017- Biometrics: Wing: 81.0 mm. Weight: 17.8 g. Time: 10:00:00 hrs 

Our Linnet was recaptured on 04 May2018 at Walney Island Bird Observatory, Cumbria. Although the distance between the two points is negligible, the date of both the original ringing and the recapture are much more interesting. The month of August points to a juvenile dispersal, maybe from Cumbria but with a possibility that the bird’s place of birth was further north. The timing of its return on a northward track during May is within the peak of period of Linnet spring migration and when S800115 may have headed back to or near to its place of birth. 

I'm afraid that such recoveries often provide a few answers but inevitably throw up new questions. At least the bird is still in circulation and presents a small chance that should it be captured for a third time, more information on its travels may become known. This latest recovery fits into two previous recoveries and north/south movements to or from Gulf  Lane.

Linnet from Shetland 

Linnet to Lochinver

Linnet to Walney Bird Observatory

Duration: 267 days Distance: 23 km Direction: 300deg (WNW) Finder: Walney Bird Observatory, 9095 

Sand Martin 

On 23rd May 2018 we caught a French ringed Sand Martin at Cockerham Quarry.

Paris ringed Sand Martin

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) - Ring no: 7193238 Ringing details- Age: 4 (adult) Ringing date: 10 August 2015 Site name: Hiers-Brouage, Charente-Maritime, France Ringer: Paris, -11

Sand Martin

Hiers-Brouage to Cockerham

Ring number 7193238 was recaptured at Cockerham on 23 May 2018. Duration: 1017 days Distance: 910 km Direction: 352deg (N)


Rhodesia said...

Interesting information, I agree that you may end u with more questions than answers but the fact that you get any answers is good 😉 Enjoy your week and the weather here is not so wonderful either! Diane

eileeninmd said...


Our weather is similar, very foggy this morning and rain on the way. I think it is great to hear about the Linnet being recaptured. I like the good new that the bird is still in circulation. Love the sweet Sand Martin. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and week ahead.

sal spring said...

How interesting and what amazing photos. ☺

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We know that is a well-traveled linnet, whatever else the data may show. Gosh. It must be exciting to get a previously ringed bird.

italiafinlandia said...

What a beautiful Sand Martin!
I see Common House Martins in spring at lake Garda... who knows where they come from!

NC Sue said...

Lovely shots, and an informative post as always.
Thanks for linking up at

Stuart Price said...

Must be rewarding when you get news of birds you've ringed before..........

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