'Ringed Birds'

I’m sure many of you, like me, have noticed the surprising number of photos on ISAB of ‘ringed’ birds recently. Well I’ve just read an article that the British Trust for Ornithology announced on the 16th March the record-breaking figure of 1,047,092 birds ringed in 2010, which beats the previous record of 935,904 birds in 2009.

The top 10 species ringed in 2010 are a mix of common garden birds and some long-distance migrants.

Species and Numbers ringed

Blue Tit 132,252
Great Tit 73,366
Chaffinch 45,949
Swallow 44,348
Blackcap 41,422
Goldfinch 38,758
Greenfinch 38,523
Blackbird 38,201
Reed Warbler 35,502
Chiffchaff 34,015

How many have you spotted?


17 Mar, 2011
littlewren said:

that is an amazing amount of birds MW.....most I see at local bird hides have been ringed .thanks for that info

17 Mar, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Not noticed many ringed in the garden MW but read about the BTOs work when reading about white wagtails that were being confused with pied wagtails when being ringed .The numbers they ring are quite staggering and always request details if a ringed bird is found.

Some of the distances they travel is remarkable and the advent of GPS tracking has enabled specific locations of migrating birds to be found.

Very interesting in a Chris Packham geeky sort of way .. bet he could talk for hours about it ..

17 Mar, 2011
muddywalters said:

And I would listen . . lol! (Big Chris Packham fan).

17 Mar, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Me too Muddy .. but loses me with the science bit but try to follow where I can ..

17 Mar, 2011
aster said:

None of ours ringed Muddy. Hardly any blue tits around here but over 132,000 busy elsewhere getting ringed lol !

20 Mar, 2011
jane said:

Thank you for highlighting this wonderful work Muddy. Will be watching closely for ringed birds on future trips out !!

17 Apr, 2011
david said:

Have never seen so many ringed tits before this year. Of course, most only show up once I get home, and upload the pics to my PC.

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