We have received notice from the BTO that a Hobby, ringed EA12611. (One of a brood of three we ringed near to Knottingley on the West/North Yorkshire border) on the 24th of July 2020, has been recovered injured and sadly died.
The bird was found close to Carcassonne, Aude, in the Occitanie region of France, near to french/spanish border on 9/10/2020, 77 days after ringing and approximately 1200 KM from where it had fledged.
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.