Interesting Recoveries

Interactive Maps - Click on the lines to find out more information about each bird recovery, you can scroll and zoom in on each map.

Blue - Birds ringed by the Swaledale Ringing Group and controlled elsewhere.

Red - Birds ringed elsewhere and controlled by the Swaledale Ringing Group.

Lesser Redpoll Ringing Recoveries 2018

Ringing Recoveries Summer 2017

A summary map showing some of our interesting recoveries received from the BTO in summer 2017. Click on each line for more details of the recovery.

Ringing Recoveries Spring 2017

A summary map showing some of our interesting recoveries received from the BTO in late summer 2016.  Click on each line for more details of the recovery.

Ringing Recoveries Late Summer 2016

A summary map showing some of our interesting recoveries received from the BTO in late summer 2016.  Click on each line for more details of the recovery.

Ringing Recoveries Summer 2016

A summary map showing some of our interesting recoveries received from the BTO between March and July 2016.  Click on each line for more details of the recovery.

 

Foxglove Ringing Recoveries 2015 to Spring 2016

February Ringing Recoveries 2015

A summary map showing some of our interesting recoveries received from the BTO during February 2015.

December Ringing Recoveries 2014

A summary map showing some of our recent recoveries from the BTO, there are a notable number of Storm Petrel recoveries and controls from our expeditions to Cape Wrath, North West Scotland this summer. We have a Meadow Pipit recovery which is quite a rare occurrence, so very exciting for us to see. Also this map shows our first recovery from Jack Daw's ringing efforts on and around Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire - Well Done!

Autumn Ringing Recoveries 2014

A summary map showing some of our interesting recoveries received from the BTO during September and October 2014.


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Lesser Redpoll recoveries during 2013

A summary map showing Lesser Redpoll recoveries received from the BTO during 2013.


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Recoveries - January 2014

A summary of interesting ringing recoveries from January 2014.  Click on each line to find out more information about the recovery.


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Recoveries - Autumn 2013

This interactive map shows a selection of the bird ringing recoveries we have received from the BTO between August and October this year. Red lines represent birds ringed elsewhere and controlled by the Swaledale Ringing Group, while blue lines represent birds ringed by the Swaledale Ringing Group and controlled elsewhere. You can zoom into the map and to find out more information about a recovery click on the coloured line.

One particularly good recovery was of a Storm Petrel ringed at Cape Wrath in June 1993, and then controlled on Priest Island in June 2013, making this small pelagic bird over 20 years old! This particular bird was caught again in 2005 and 2009. Hopefully it will not be the last we see of it! These are some of the smallest sea birds, coming to land only to breed in the summer months when they create shallow burrows or nest in crevices in rocks and scree.

If you want more information about bird ringing and recoveries be sure to check out the BTO Online Ringing Reports, where you can find out about ringing totals and summaries of ringing recoveries by species and county. 

Recoveries - July 2013

A map summary of interesting ringing recoveries received from the BTO in July 2013.


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Recoveries - 28th January 2013

A map summary of interesting ringing recoveries received from the BTO in January 2013.


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Recoveries - 21st December 2012


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2012 Recoveries

A summary of interesting ringing recoveries from Autumn 2012

Blue - Birds ringed by the Swaledale Ringing Group and controlled elsewhere.

Red - Birds ringed elsewhere and controlled by the Swaledale Ringing Group.


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Our longest movement within the UK and one of our longer lived birds!

  • A Chaffinch ringed at Maunby on 01 Sept 10 was found dead on 26th Feb 12 in Llandudno, a distance of 186km.
  • A Chaffinch ringed at Foxglove on 4th Jul 10 was found dead, killed by a cat, in Wrexham on 22 Oct 11, a distance of 176km in 475 days.
  • A Chiff Chaff ringed on 26th Jul 08 at Weir Wood Reservoir, West Sussex  was caught at Foxglove on 2nd Oct 11 a distance of 383km in 1163 days. 
  • A Greenfinch ringed on 1st Aug 08 at Foxglove was caught at Bridgnorth, Shropshire on 11th Nov a distance of 208 km in 1197 days 
  • A Goldfinch ringed on 1st Sep 11 at Downholme was caught at Kilnsea, East Yorkshire on 28th Sep a distance of 154 km in 27 days.
  • A Guillemot ringed as an adult at Faraid Head on 9th Jul 02 was found dead in Texel, Netherlands on 15th Oct 11 having travelled 852km. 
  • A Kestrel ringed as a pullus at Barden was recovered in France 241 days later having travelled a distance of 929km.
  • A Lesser Redpoll ringed on 18th Oct 09 at Foxglove was caught at Hollesley Suffolk on 30th Oct 11 a distance of 334 km in 742 days. 
  • A Lesser Redpoll ringed on 27th Mar 11 at Foxglove was caught at Sandwich Bay, Kent on 14th Oct 11 a distance of 403 km in 201 days.
  • A Lesser Redpoll ringed on 20th Oct 10 at Blackburn, West Lothian was caught at Foxglove on 3rd Apr 11 a distance of 205 km in 165 days.
  • A Meadow Pipit ringed at the Crater on Downholme Moor on 18th Sep 11 was retrapped as a juvenile at Fairlight, Sussex on 15th Oct 11, having travelled a distance of 425 km in 27 days. 
  • A Pied Flycatcher ringed as a nestling at Downholme on 27th May 11 was retrapped as a juvenile at Foxglove on 10th Jul 11.  It is very unusual to retrap young flycatchers on leaving the nest!
  • A Reed Bunting ringed at Bellflask on 21st Feb 10 was found dead at Shap, Cumbria on 02 Jan 12, a distance of 83 km in 680 days. 
  • A Razorbill ringed at Cape Wrath on 3rd July 2011 was recovered 191 days later at Zeeland on the Dutch coast, a distance of 941km.
  • A Siskin ringed on 26th Mar 10 at Inverarnie, Highland was caught at Foxglove on 30th Oct 11 a distance of 369 km in 583 days. 
  • A Sparrowhawk ringed at Downholme on 29th Sept 11 was recaptured 38 days later in Foxglove.
  • A Storm Petrel ringed at Faraid Head on 21st Aug 1999 was caught at Streymoy, Faroe Islands on 25 Jul 11, making this bird at least 12 years old!  We had two other movements between the two sites reported in the same batch of recoveries from BTO. 
  • A Storm Petrel ringed in Rogaland, Norway on 5th Aug 2010 was caught at Faraid Head on 26 Aug 11, a movement of 560km.     
  • Swallow ringed in the nest at Cape Wrath on 5th Jul 11 was found 911km away on the Isle of Wight 79 days after ringing.  

 

Some recent recoveries give a clue to the origin of our Redpolls!

  • A Lesser Redpoll retrapped at Foxglove in Mar 11 was initially ringed in Oct 10 at Brodsworth Colliery Tip, South Yorkshire.  
  • A Lesser Redpoll retrapped at Foxglove in Mar 11 was initially ringed in Nov 10 at Heysham Harbour, Lancashire.  
  • A Lesser Redpoll retrapped at Foxglove in Mar 11 was initially ringed in Dec 10 at Hartson, Cambridgeshire.
  • A Lesser Redpoll retrapped at Foxglove in Mar 11 was initially ringed in Dec 09 at Horsham, West Sussex. 
  • A Lesser Redpoll ringed at Haseley Manor, Isle of Wight on 4th Nov 08 was retrapped at Foxglove on 30th Jan 11, a movement of 413km 
  • A Lesser Redpoll ringed at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, on 13th Mar 11 was retrapped at Foxglove on 3rd Apr 11, a movement of 181 km  in 21    . 

and even more, interesting recoveries!

  • An Arctic Tern ringed as a chick at Loch Borralie, Highland Region on 28 June 1998 was retrapped on 31 July 2010 at Rattray Head Aberdeenshire 
  • A Blackbird was recovered in Varmland, Sweden in Jan 10 that was originally ringed at Foxglove in Dec 05. 
  • A Blackbird ringed at Foxglove January 2001 was found 1018km away in Northern Norway 1610 days after ringing. 
  • A Blackbird ringed 04 December 2005 at Foxglove was found dead in Hagfors, Sweden on 10th January 2010 having travelled 1119km.
  • A Blackbird ringed at Foxglove on 7th November 10 was found dead in Uppsala, Sweden on 3rd June 11, a distance of 1299km. 
  • A Blackcap ringed in Aug 08 was retrapped at Icklesham, Sussex 50 days later having travelled 418km. 
  • A Brambling ringed at Foxglove in April 04was found 833km away in Norway 557 days after ringing. 
  • A Black-headed Gull ringed at Bellerby Ranges in Jun 09 was observed by a Birdwatcher in Galway City 489km away, 3 months later. 
  • Buzzard ringed as a pullus in Jun 08 on the Training Area was found dead 85km away in Jan 09. 
  • A Chaffinch ringed on 8 January 2006 was found dead on 21 November 2010 at Falstone in Northumberland a distance of 101km. 
  • A Chiffchaff ringed at Foxglove on 6th September 2009 was retrapped in Gibraltar on 24th March 2010 a distance of 2045km south .
  • A Garden Warbler ringed at Foxglove on 8th August 2010 was found dead 14 days later in Gommerville, France (717km SSE).
  • A Goldfinch ringed at Maunby, North Yorkshire on 1 September 2010 was retrapped by a ringer at Wetherfield, Essex on 13 December 2010, a movement of 288km  
  • A Great Black-backed Gull ringed at Cape Wrath as a chick in Jul 94 was killed by a car 602km away in Norway 3935 days after ringing. 
  • A Greenfinch was recovered on Vale Marais on the Island of Guernsey in Feb 09 six months after leaving us in North Yorkshire, and a second Greenfinch reported from Alston in Cumbria in the same month was killed by a cat NINE years after being ringed at Foxglove in 1999. 
  • A Kestrel ringed as a pullus on 21 Jun 2010 was found dead  on 29 October 2010 at West Heslerton, North Yorkshire a distance of 73km. 
  • A Kingfisher ringed at Bellflask on 19 July 2009 was found dead at Burton Leonard on 7 January 2011, a movement of 15km  
  • A Lesser Redpoll ringed at Foxglove 27 September 2009 was retrapped in Liege, Belgium on 2nd November 2009 a distance of 686km in 36 days.  
  • A Lesser Redpoll retrapped at Foxglove in April 10 was initially ringed in Mar 09 at Bridgnorth, Shropshire. 
  • A Lesser Redpoll ringed on 14th October 2008 in Motherwell, Strathclyde was recaptured at Foxglove on 4th April 2010.
  • A Long-tailed Tit ringed on 19th April 2009 at Foxglove was retrapped by two members of the team at Moorsholm, Cleveland on 4th October 2010, a distance of 54km.
  • A Meadow Pipit, one of over a thousand ringed in early September on the Training Area, was found dead 11 days later in Whitchurch, Hampshire
  • A Pied Flycatcher ringed at Downholme in Jun 05  was recaptured at a nestbox in May 2010 at Selside Cumbria . 
  • A Razorbill ringed at Cape Wrath in April 05 was found 868km away in Norway 810 days after ringing. 
  • A Redstart ringed as a pullus in a nest box at Lartington in May 09 was caught at Foxglove 57 days later. 
  • A Reed Bunting ringed on 6 November 2007 at Walney Island, Cumbria was caught at Foxglove on 7th March 2010 a movement of 103km ENE.
  • Reed Bunting ringed at Bellflask on 21 February 2010 was caught at Foxglove on 2 May 2010, a movement of 24km   
  • A Reed Bunting ringed near Bishop Monkton on 29th Jan 06 was recaptured at Bellflask on 12th Feb 11, five years later.  
  • A Sedge Warbler ringed at Peppar Arden on 17th Jun 10 was recaptured at Marais de Pompas, France on 5th Aug the same year.  
  • A Sand Martin ringed at Brough Hall in Jul 09 was caught 14 days later in Somme Region, France. 
  • A Shag ringed at the nest on Faraid Head on 2nd July 1998 was found dead on the beach at Bamburgh, Northumberland on 12th June 2010 almost 12 years later .
  • A Siskin ringed on 19th April 2009 at Foxglove was retrapped by ringers on 27th March 2010 at Brandon, Suffolk, a distance of 265km ..    
  • A Siskin ringed in Jul 07 in Strathclyde was retrapped 66 days later at Foxglove. 
  • A Storm Petrel ringed at Cape Wrath was retrapped 988km away in Iceland 727 days after ringing.  This was our first recovery ever from Iceland.
  • A Storm Petrel ringed on the Algarve in Portugal on 5th June 2008 was caught at Cape Wrath on 3rd June the same year a distance of 2411km.......A Storm Petrel ringed at Faraid Head on 17th Aug 1997 was caught at Preist Island, Highland Region on 18th Jun 2011, making this bird at least 15 years old!  We now have two more similar movements from the initial ringing date in 1997. 
  • A Storm Petrel ringed at Faraid Head on 17th Aug 1997 was caught at Priest Island, Highland Region on 18th Jun 2011, making this bird at least 15 years old!  We now have three similar aged movements from this initial ringing date in 1997. 
  • A Storm Petrel ringed at Giske in Norway on 14th Aug 10 was caught at Faraid Head on 28th Aug the same year a distance of 734km in 14 days.  
  • An adult female Tawny Owl ringed in Foxglove in 1994 was still raising young nearby in 2007! A Willow Warbler ringed at Foxglove in Jul 07 was retrapped 2 years later in the Wirral, Cheshire.  
  • A Storm Petrel ringed at Faraid Head on 17th Aug 1997 was caught at Priest Island, Highland Region on 18th Jun 2011, making this bird at least 15 years old!  We now have three similar aged movements from this initial ringing date in 1997.  A Storm Petrel ringed at Faraid Head on 17th Aug 1997 was caught at Priest Island, Highland Region on 18th Jun 2011, making this bird at least 15 years old!  We now have three similar aged movements from this initial ringing date in    A Willow Warbler ringed at Foxglove in Jul 07 was retrapped 2 years later in the Wirral, Cheshire.