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Brownstown Head ringing totals

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Brownstown Head ringing totals
 
Annual bird-ringing, mainly in autumn, has been underway at Brownstown Head (grid reference X6298), at the south-east corner of Tramore Bay, since October 1988.  Most ringing involves mist-netting at garden sites, sometimes with additional nets along hedgerows or in other areas of scrub.  Tape-luring for Storm Petrels has also been done from the tip of the headland in some years.  Small numbers of pulli (chicks) are also ringed. 
 
Totals of new birds ringed are summarized below - in total, just over 6000 birds of 69 species to the end of 2012.   Coverage and numbers of migrants have varied from year to year, reflected in totals ringed (maximum 622 birds in 2004).  Redpolls and Goldcrests are by far the most common species ringed, partly reflecting the main period of coverage in September-October.  Rarer species ringed include Woodchat Shrike in 2011, Red-breasted Flycatcher in 2005,  Wood Warbler in 2004, Northern Parula and Pallas's Warbler in 2003, Wryneck in 1992 and Barred Warbler in 1989, along with small numbers of Tree Pipits, Reed Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats, Yellow-browed Warblers and Firecrests.
 
Despite the large numbers of passerines ringed at Brownstown, recovery rates for such species are typically very low, and there have only been only a few distant or local ringing recoveries of Brownstown-ringed birds.  A Goldcrest ringed at Brownstown in Oct 2003 was recaptured in Merseyside, NW England the following October, and a Redpoll from Brownstown has also been recaptureded in England. Other recoveries include a Blue Tit recaptured in Waterford city, 13 km distant, and a Bullfinch found dead at Kilmacomb, near Belle Lake, 7 km away.  Recaptures at Brownstown itself are much more frequent, and indicate that some migrants may stay off-passage for a week or more.  A Sedge Warbler ringed in Belgium was found dead (killed by a cat) at Brownstown.   Unlike passerines, Storm Petrels have provided frequent recoveries, reflecting targeted ringing efforts at headlands elsewhere in Ireland and Britain.  There have been 10 Stormies ringed at Brownstown and controlled at sites in Cornwall (England), Dyfed (Wales), Orkney (Scotland), Cork, Mayo and Sligo; and 13 birds ringed originally at sites in Cornwall, Humberside (England), Dyfed, the Isle of Man, Strathclyde (Scotland), Cork, and Helvick Head (Waterford) controlled at Brownstown.  A Sparrowhawk mist-netted at Brownstown in October 1992 had been ringed as a chick near Mooncoin (Co Kilkenny) in June 1992. 
 
Thanks are due to the various landowners on the headland who have provided access for ringing and birding, and to the ringers and helpers involved over the years. 
 
Last updated: 26 May 2013

Species

 

1988-

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

 

 

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storm Petrel

 

205

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70

133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparrowhawk

 

7

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kestrel

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wryneck

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey Wagtail

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Wagtail

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pied Wagtail

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

2

1

 

 

2

 

2

 

Tree Pipit

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Meadow Pipit

 

248

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

 

9

 

 

15

 

 

90

22

41

3

1

3

2

29

1

Swallow

 

61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

9

3

 

17

1

1

9

8

 

House Martin

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

Wren

 

241

4

1

2

4

5

2

9

5

11

14

8

1

2

5

6

5

2

22

20

22

20

9

21

33

8

Dunnock

 

159

5

1

2

5

4

3

4

4

7

8

4

 

2

3

5

7

6

12

6

13

8

5

11

24

10

Robin

 

255

4

3

2

5

4

3

6

8

9

10

6

 

4

7

6

10

13

16

18

13

15

27

32

23

11

Black Redstart

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Redstart

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

Stonechat

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

1

4

4

 

6

 

 

Wheatear

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

1

 

Blackbird

 

189

1

1

1

5

3

1

9

11

13

14

3

 

2

4

1

8

2

15

19

7

17

9

30

6

7

Song Thrush

 

37

1

 

 

 

2

 

1

 

3

5

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

1

2

7

1

1

5

4

 

Redwing

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

3

 

2

3

 

1

Grasshopper Warbler

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sedge Warbler

 

26

 

 

1

 

1

 

1

1

4

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

2

3

1

2

 

1

1

6

 

Reed Warbler

 

13

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

1

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

2

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Barred Warbler

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Lesser Whitethroat

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

Whitethroat

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

3

4

 

 

Garden Warbler

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

Blackcap

 

76

1

 

1

2

1

 

5

6

5

14

1

 

 

 

1

 

1

11

4

3

3

4

6

6

1

Chiffchaff

 

520

4

 

4

19

28

3

27

25

24

22

15

 

1

7

25

18

19

66

35

13

28

20

42

70

5

Willow Warbler

 

464

7

 

 

5

16

 

49

29

64

4

 

 

 

14

13

9

31

29

10

5

3

41

67

67

1

Wood Warbler

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pallas's Warbler

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow-browed Wblr

 

9

 

 

 

 

2

 

1

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

Goldcrest

 

814

7

2

1

1

46

5

33

29

64

46

11

 

7

10

38

80

5

87

39

24

30

2

66

137

44

Firecrest

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

2

1

Spotted Flycatcher

 

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

1

3

4

10

1

1

 

2

4

2

2

Pied Flycatcher

 

7

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

1

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treecreeper

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-tailed Tit

 

104

6

 

 

 

9

 

9

 

9

4

8

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

9

5

 

31

10

2

Coal Tit

 

109

5

 

2

1

17

1

1

3

3

 

 

3

 

1

3

10

1

3

13

2

11

11

6

12

 

Blue Tit

 

295

14

4

8

15

24

12

17

13

19

6

3

 

1

3

6

12

4

16

12

5

29

16

30

21

5

Great Tit

 

363

34

7

6

22

43

11

17

40

25

19

6

2

1

9

5

15

5

11

14

8

18

14

10

18

3

Woodchat Shrike

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starling

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooded Crow

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Chough

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

House Sparrow

 

102

4

3

9

8

8

2

14

24

5

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

6

 

 

10

 

3

1

 

Tree Sparrow

 

4

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

Chaffinch

 

210

11

1

9

9

2

3

18

13

29

12

5

 

 

1

2

1

3

13

5

9

17

3

26

14

4

Brambling

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Greenfinch

 

116

4

1

2

6

15

4

12

38

16

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

4

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

Goldfinch

 

80

1

 

1

5

2

2

10

5

8

2

4

 

 

5

1

3

9

11

5

3

 

 

 

1

2

Linnet

 

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60

 

3

 

 

6

 

10

6

28

11

4

8

3

7

20

 

Redpoll

 

854

34

70

60

76

60

51

37

223

183

2

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

5

1

 

1

33

9

1

Siskin

 

14

 

 

 

 

1

7

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

1

2

 

 

 

 

Bullfinch

 

73

1

1

2

4

3

 

2

4

10

7

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

3

5

2

4

2

6

4

7

Reed Bunting

 

74

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

2

7

9

15

4

10

14

8

Northern Parula

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total ringed

 

6028

149

96

116

195

296

111

285

488

622

203

93

7

23

93

119

281

358

416

282

193

255

189

482

551

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species total

 

60

20

13

19

19

22

16

23

23

34

24

17

4

9

17

17

23

25

37

27

28

26

26

33

32

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species

 

1988-

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

 

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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