|Redwing (Turdus iliacus)|
As usual I did my research and here are the facts:
- They found Wintering all over the UK and they are found resident in the North of Scotland.
- I say they are resident, well, they do breed here, but there's hardly any of them at all.
|Ready for release|
- There's only between 4 and 16 breeding pairs in the whole of the UK! I don't think I've seen any less!
- Well, there's obviously gotta be some Wintering birds. Well, there's a more than a few more than 8... an amazing 690,000 birds!
- Putting all of these previous facts together, we get a Red Status bird! The BTO say this is because there's been a recent population decline.
- They are 21cm long and they have a 34cm wingspan. Both Males and Females weigh 63g. That's about a medium weight.
- They first breed when they are 1 year old and they usually live for 2 years. The oldest was 11 years, 10 months and 7 days.
|Looking good, Yorkshire & the Redwing :-)|
- Going back to the theme of this post, bird ringing, the ring size of this bird is CC. I haven't encountered this ring before.
- So they come here in the Winter but where from, well they come from places that are much colder like Iceland, Russia and Scandinavia.
- A lot of the Redwings we see are only passing through on their way to places like the Mediterranean or North Africa.
- It's amazing given how far they fly that they are the UK's smallest true Thrush!
- If you are out at night at this time of year especially in the east you might hear them as they are migrating, listen out for their calls - you can listen to their different calls at this link .
Here are a few links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,