Southern Colour Ringing Group

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Another Kite sping trapped today.

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 1 1
Buzzard 0 0

Another spring trapped Red Kite today.

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 1 1
Buzzard 0 0

The autumn spring trapping started today with two traps put out as there are family parties and hungry young around at present. This proved successful with two Kites caught. Only the second ever adult with a single juvenile.

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Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 2 2
Buzzard 0 0

Methods

The Southern Colour Ringing Group rings Red Kite and Buzzard pulli (young in the nest) and traps full grown birds using large spring traps baited with carrion at a site in North Hertfordshire.

Nests are climbed up to by a contract climber and young removed to ring. We also fit coloured wing tags with various year codes allocated to us by the national co-ordinator which allows the birds to be relocated without needing to be recaptured. There are many more bird-watchers looking for colour-marked birds, so this greatly improves our chances of understanding the movements of the birds we are studying. Currently we are fitting Yellow tags with Black letters to Kites and Black tags with White letters to Buzzards. 

If you see a bird with one of our wing tags, please send details (ring-code, date, location, species) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ringing totals

2018 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 5 5

2019 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 10 10

2020 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 20 20

2021 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 23 22

Grand totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 67 57

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