09 August 2010

A good breeding season?

It is a wee bit early for any definitive results relating to this year's breeding season, but we always love to hear about good news stories. Earlier this week we heard from Rye Bay Ringing Group about their captures for July. Even by Rye Bay’s standards, their captures so far this year, for species such as Reed Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler, are quite spectacular (see the graphs below).

Similarly, according to CES ringers Ian Dillon and Alan Bull, the story from Paxton Pits in Cambridgeshire shows that migrants appear to have had a better season than residents. Has last winter’s cold winter had a big effect on this? Future CES results will shed light on this...

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