01 April 2009

Spring Siskins in Russia

March is always a good time to be out catching Siskins, as this is the time they are on the move. Many of these birds will be 'local' breeders from northern England or Scotland, but some do come from much further afield.

Just today we received details of two BTO-ringed birds recaught by Russian ringers at the Rybachiy Ringing Station. X168805 was originally ringed in Northamptonshire on 30 March 2008 and found just 17 days later, whilst X036370 was ringed in Norfolk on 26 March 2008 and recaught on its way back to us on 14 October 2008.

We only have records of 21 other Siskin movements to Russia, nine of which were to Rybachiy, so these two together are exceptional.

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