Southern Colour Ringing Group

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Our earliest Brood of Red Kites ringed on 30th May.

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 3 3
Buzzard

Thanks to the wind and the cancellation of the Walthamstow Wetlands Wildlife Fair I decided to put a couple of spring traps out in the field this morning. The reward was three Red Kites by 9am. All juvenile birds all three were wing tagged before wing measurements and weights were taken then released.

 

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Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 3 3
Buzzard

21 July 2019

The first juvenile Red Kite of the autumn was spring trapped on a rabbit today. It is very likely this is the bird which fledged from the nest in June in the wood near the field it was caught in this morning. Wing tagged with 1A on the tag.

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 1 1
Buzzard

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

2017 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 2 0

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 3 3

Grand totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 27 18

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