Southern Colour Ringing Group

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Four nests visited today with 8 Kites ringed. 3 too small to wing tag but we will go back next week to fit the wing tags. A bonus brood of Buzzards were a ringing tick for two visitors - as were a couple of Jackdaws from the crow trap.

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Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 8 8
Buzzard 2 2

Two more broods of Red Kite this evening at Brocket Park as single and a brood of two.

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 3 3
Buzzard 0 0

The Hatfield Team were out this evening visiting 3 nest which were ready for ringing 5 young (one of which was too small to wing tag).

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 5 4
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 19 18

Grand totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 63 53

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