Ringing News: July proved especially rewarding for reading rings on the Warren, in fact it was the best ever month on site.
With the customary July build-up of Black-headed Gull (an Exe estimate would suggest 3000+) and returning Sandwich Tern noisily making their presence known along with building numbers of Oystercatcher. Dozens of visits, on many occasions twice a day, were carried out to work both tides with a heavy focus on finding any readable ringed bird. The vast majority on these reads were from birds close in front of the hide.
In total for the month there were 61 reads, from five species: Oystercatcher (14, 22), Great Black-backed Gull (1, 1), Black-headed Gull (7, 12), Mediterranean Gull (4, 5) and Sandwich Tern (14, 21). The numbers quoted in brackets signify the number of birds and then the number of reads. We await details on many, but known recoveries have come via Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Poland.
The next best single month at the Warren regards recoveries was in December 2013, when 41 rings were read.