Recoveries – Merlin

We’ve not had any recoveries for a while but this week we have had three.

Two of these were Merlin ringed at a nest in the north of the Peak District National Park on the 18/6/2019, the nest fledged four young.

A male bird DD47979, unfortunately hit a window whilst chasing Starlings near Kidlington, Oxfordshire (the green line). Found 146 days after ringing and a distance of 192 km from the nest site.

His sibling a female bird EZ54326, was caught by a ringer at Holme Bird Observatory Norfolk and released after biometrics were recorded (the yellow line). Caught 132 days after ringing and a distance of 158 km from the nest site.

We would like to thank the finders for reporting these birds, more details of what to do if you find a ringed bird or a dead bird of prey can be found HERE

Could we remind you that dead birds of prey found in good condition can be sent to The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme for analysis, they will send you a postage paid package for shipping. **Please note** If you suspect that a bird has been killed illegally, contact the police by calling 101 and ask for the matter to be referred to a Wildlife Crime Officer.

The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) is a long-term, national monitoring scheme that quantifies the concentrations of contaminants in the livers and eggs of selected species of predatory and fish-eating birds in Britain.

They monitor the levels of contaminants to determine how and why they vary between species and regions, how they are changing over time, and the effects that they may have on individual birds and on their populations.

About Mike Price

A member of Sorby Breck Ringing Group and Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group
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