|Patrick ringing 2 Tawny Owl Chicks in 2010|
The Waveney Bird Club ringing group have been ringing birds regularly at The Barker’s Farm at Westhorpe since December 2008 in accordance with the rules of the British Trust for Ornithology’s ringing scheme and has provided the club’s ringers with many different birds, valuable training and much entertainment. Ringing started following the erecting of large nest boxes as part of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project in early 2008 and when the box in Moathill meadow fledged 3 Kestrel chicks and that summer ringing was off and running. In the 2 summers since then we have ringed young and adult Kestrels, young Stock Doves and Young Tawny Owls in the nest boxes around the farm and in June 2009 we ringed a buzzard chick from a nest in the woodland. As ringing progresses on the site we will look to gain as much understanding as possible about farmland birds, their movements, longevity and feeding habits and continue to add to the BTO’s data set for birds in the
|A Robin being ringed by Roger Walsh|
Some of the ringing highlights from Lodge Farm –
GK50572 – The first Buzzard ringed in
since 1995 and only the 3rd ever in the County. Suffolk
V546204 -A Great Tit ringed in Thetford controlled at Westhorpe in
21-1-2010, 915 days later.
TJ83912 – A Greenfinch ringed at Gibraltar Point, Skegness, Lincolnshire on 04/05/2008 found dead in Westhorpe on 21/10/2009 545 days and 102km later.
X590181 - A Great Tit ringed by Stephen Flory in Westhorpe on
20/02/2009 and then re-caught in his own garden at Thorndon on 01/07/2009 131 days and 10km later.
EW92779 – A Kestrel, one of a brood of 4 chicks that fledged from a box in Braisworth was ringed on 18/06/2009 was controlled at Lodge Farm, Westhorpe on 03/01/2010, 199 days and 8km later. Another chick from this brood was found dead in Thornham Parva on
28/02/2010, 255 days after being ringed.