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Hebridean Imaging

May 2012 – Uist ringing totals

Lapwing chicks were the most frequently ringed bird during May with 115 new pulli ringed!

We only had one control this month, a Greenfinch TR02363 which was a second year female with a brood patch. We know that it was originally ringed by Terry, the other ringer here in Uist. We also know, after chatting with Terry that a couple of days after we had controlled this Greenfinch it was further north in South Uist, at Terry’s house where it had been killed by a Sparrowhawk!

New Retraps TOTAL
Oystercatcher 6 6
Ringed Plover 3 3
Lapwing 115 14 129
Redshank 2 2
Collared Dove 8 8
Meadow Pipit 9 9
Robin 5 5
Wheatear 1 1
Blackbird 6 5 11
Song Thrush 1 2 3
Blackcap 1 1
Chiffchaff 2 2
Willow Warbler 5 1 6
Spotted Flycatcher 1 1
Starling 14 8 22
House Sparrow* 27 598 625
Chaffinch 1 1
Greenfinch 9 31 40
Siskin 1 1
Lesser Redpoll 3 3
Reed Bunting 1 1
Grand Total: 221 659 880
Total Species: 21 7 21

* Once again the incredible number of House sparrow retraps are re-sightings of our colour-ringed birds. Thanks as always go to our neighbour Bill who keeps a daily note of all our colour-ringed sparrows seen in his garden.