Recent Ringing Recoveries

Wednesday, December 24th 2014

The interactive map below shows a selection of the ringing recoveries we have had during December 2014. Red lines represent birds that were ringed elsewhere and then controlled at Foxglove, blue lines represent birds ringed at Foxglove and controlled by another ringing group. You can zoom in on the map; to find out more about each recovery click on a line.

This batch of recoveries includes a number of Storm Petrel recoveries from our expeditions up to Cape Wrath during the summer months, including one from the Faroe Islands. These small pelagic birds spend most of their lives at sea, flying tens of thousands of miles. They only every come to land under the cover of darkness to prospect for nesting sites and to breed. We also received a Meadow Pipit recovery from our autumn ringing at the crater. These recoveries are uncommon, so it is exciting for us to see this.

Recoveries can provide valuable information about birds including migration, longevity, mortality, population growth, site fidelity and feeding behaviour. The data is all collated by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) which is then used for scientific study.
 


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