Bird ringing in Britain and Ireland in 2009

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2010
Authors:Clark, JA, Robinson, RA, Feu, CDu, Wright, LJ, Conway, GJ, Blackburn, JR, Leech, DI, Barber, LJ, De Palacio, D, Griffin, BM, Moss, D, Schäfer, S
Journal:Ringing & Migration
Volume:25
Issue:2
Date Published:2010
ISBN Number:0307-8698
Keywords:Acrocephalidae, Acrocephalus, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Aegithalidae, Aegithalos, Aegithalos caudatus, Calamodus schoenobaenus, Carduelis, Carduelis chloris, Certhia, Certhia familiaris, Certhiidae, Chloris, Chloris chloris, Curruca, Curruca curruca, Cyanistes, Cyanistes caeruleus, Emberiza, Emberiza godlewskii, Emberiza schoeniclus, Emberizidae, Fringilla, Fringilla coelebs, Fringillidae, Ireland, Nannus troglodytes, Paridae, Parus, Parus caeruleus, Parus major, Parus montanus, Phylloscopidae, Phylloscopus, Phylloscopus trochilus, Poecile, Poecile montana, Poecile montanus, Schoeniclus, Schoeniclus schoeniclus, Sylvia, Sylvia atricapilla, Sylvia communis, Sylvia curruca, Sylviidae, Trochilus, Troglodytes, Troglodytes troglodytes, Troglodytidae, United Kingdom
Abstract:This is the 73rd annual report of the British Trust for Ornithology's Ringing Scheme, covering data received and work carried out in 2009. Much of the research carried out during the year looked at ways to improve the analysis of ringing data to understand population change. This included producing survival rates from the Constant Effort Sites (CES) scheme for the first time and further developing methods of analysing our demographic data sets in an integrated manner. Research was also undertaken on the biometric data to investigate how individual condition responds to long?term environmental change. CES data suggested that the low productivity in 2007 and 2008, combined with one of the coldest winters since 1995/96 for residents, contributed to reduced adult numbers in 2009 in many species. There were significant decreases in Wren Troglodytes troglodytes, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Reed Warbler A. scirpaceus, Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, Lesser Whitethroat S. curruca, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus, Long?tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus, Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus, Great Tit Parus major, Treecreeper Certhia familiaris, Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs, Greenfinch Carduelis chloris and Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus. However, a good breeding season, for both residents and migrants, resulted in significantly higher productivity for 15 species, but significantly lower for Willow Tit Poecile montana, compared to the long?term mean (1983?2007). Data for 104 Retrapping Adults for Survival studies were submitted, covering 39 species, three quarters of which are Birds of Conservation Concern. The total number of birds ringed (935,867) was the highest ever recorded, and was over 10% higher than the mean of the previous five years. However, the total number of pulli ringed in 2009 (179,712) was only 5% higher than the preceding five?year mean, while that of fully grown birds (756,155) was over 13% higher. The recovery total (14,643) was also high. However, this is partly due to changes in the way that records of colour?ringed and other specially marked birds are stored. The number of recoveries of foreign?ringed birds (1,314) was higher than the mean of the preceding five years, although this figure is influenced by varying response times of different ringing schemes. Recovery details for 250 individual birds are given in the final section of the report. They include movements that confirm suspected or known migration patterns, unexpected movements and longevity records.This is the 73rd annual report of the British Trust for Ornithology's Ringing Scheme, covering data received and work carried out in 2009. Much of the research carried out during the year looked at ways to improve the analysis of ringing data to understand population change. This included producing survival rates from the Constant Effort Sites (CES) scheme for the first time and further developing methods of analysing our demographic data sets in an integrated manner. Research was also undertaken on the biometric data to investigate how individual condition responds to long?term environmental change. CES data suggested that the low productivity in 2007 and 2008, combined with one of the coldest winters since 1995/96 for residents, contributed to reduced adult numbers in 2009 in many species. There were significant decreases in Wren Troglodytes troglodytes, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Reed Warbler A. scirpaceus, Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, Lesser Whitethroat S. curruca, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus, Long?tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus, Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus, Great Tit Parus major, Treecreeper Certhia familiaris, Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs, Greenfinch Carduelis chloris and Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus. However, a good breeding season, for both residents and migrants, resulted in significantly higher productivity for 15 species, but significantly lower for Willow Tit Poecile montana, compared to the long?term mean (1983?2007). Data for 104 Retrapping Adults for Survival studies were submitted, covering 39 species, three quarters of which are Birds of Conservation Concern. The total number of birds ringed (935,867) was the highest ever recorded, and was over 10% higher than the mean of the previous five years. However, the total number of pulli ringed in 2009 (179,712) was only 5% higher than the preceding five?year mean, while that of fully grown birds (756,155) was over 13% higher. The recovery total (14,643) was also high. However, this is partly due to changes in the way that records of colour?ringed and other specially marked birds are stored. The number of recoveries of foreign?ringed birds (1,314) was higher than the mean of the preceding five years, although this figure is influenced by varying response times of different ringing schemes. Recovery details for 250 individual birds are given in the final section of the report. They include movements that confirm suspected or known migration patterns, unexpected movements and longevity records.
URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03078698.2010.9674421
Short Title:Ringing & Migration
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