Reporting sightings

1. How can I contact you?

Please email any sightings, including the details outlined below, to holtblackbirdproject@gmail.com. Recording sheets are available for folk observing large numbers of birds on a daily basis – email for more info.

2. What information should I record?

The most important pieces of information to record are:

Rings are read from top left to bottom right, so this individual is Blue over Black, Green over Metal (BNGM). Photo: Maggie Wilcox

Rings are read from top left to bottom right, so this individual is Blue over Black, Green over Metal (BNGM). Photo: Maggie Wilcox

  • Colour combination – remember, the correct order to record the rings is top of the bird’s left leg, bottom left, top right, bottom right: the combination in the picture is therefore Blue (B) over Black (N – for Niger, to prevent confusion with B for Blue), Green over Metal or BNGM
  • The sex of the bird – no female will have the same combination as a male but it can help to sort out any misreads if the sex is known
  • Location – a street name, if possible with a number and postcode, allows me to calculate how far the bird has traveled
  • Date – it is very important to record when you saw the bird

3. Are you interested in multiple sightings of the same bird?

Yes. The aim of the project is to determine how long birds live, so repeat sightings of individuals are vital. Daily information would be appreciated if you have time to collect it.

4. Can I record birds anywhere?

One of the secondary aims of the project is to understand how birds move around Holt at different times of year so please report any birds you see, anywhere on any date. We’ve yet to receive a sighting further than 600m from the ringing site and I’d be very interested to know if there are any birds moving further than this.

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