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Siskin Recovery

Always good to hear about one of the birds you’ve ringed. Had an email from the BTO this week to say that a Siskin we ringed in mum and dads garden in April 2009 had been controlled by the North Solway Ringing Group in Ae village, Dumfries and Galloway in May this year. That’s 284km and 1 year 46 days.


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A good bird for us here in the garden in South Uist this month – a Waxwing! there has been a pretty large influx of these birds throughout the islands so we’d hoped to catch at least one!

Fabulous bird!

Fabulous bird!

And the reason it’s called a waxwing – because they have red tipping on some of the flight feathers that look just like drops of wax. This bird was a young female and as such she only had three small ones.

Just three small waxy tips

Just three small waxy tips

The weather has been pretty rough so far this month, not much mist netting so far but plenty of Greenfinches getting in the ground traps and we’ve started colour ringing any House Sparrows that we catch as we are participating in the BTO’s Re-trapping Adults for Survival project and it will be easier to keep tabs on them in the breeding season next year – we can re-sight the birds rather than recapture them (they can be very net and trap shy once they’ve been caught once – don’t let anyone tell you birds are stupid!).

We’ve had some fab sunsets just lately

Sunset to the West

Sunset to the West

No mothing so far this month – it’s either been too windy, if it hasn’t been windy it’s been clear and too cold for moths.

I’ll write further at the end of the month with a summary of Novembers birds ringed, although at this point in time we’ll be struggling to hit 100 for the month!

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